Growing proportion of teachers leaving profession, new DfE research warns

Teacher retention: government analysis finds rate of secondary teachers dropping out of profession increased from 6.6 per cent in 2011 to 8.7 per cent in 2015.


A growing proportion of secondary school teachers have left the profession, according to a Department for Education analysis.


This morning the government published the research on teacher supply showing that between 2011 and 2015 the overall "wastage rate" increased in every subject at secondary level.


Wastage refers to those who have dropped out of the profession, teachers who have retired and those who have died in service. The rate is calculated by dividing the teachers who have left the profession in a given year by the total number of teachers. 


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