Core academic teachers 'leaving profession'

Maths, science and language teachers in England have high rates of leaving the profession, particularly in their first five years, a study finds.


About one in 10 of those teaching these subjects, as well as technology, leaves each year, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) says.


The NFER analysis of official data covered the period from 2010 to 2015.


The government has previously said there are more teachers than ever before in England's schools.


The report calculated that:


  • about 10.4% of science teachers left the profession each year
  • 10.3% of maths teachers
  • 10.2% of those teaching languages
  • 10% of technology teachers
  • English was just behind, with 9.7% leaving each year


These rates were higher than other subjects - for example, 5.9% of PE teachers left each year.


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