What is driving so many young teachers out of the profession?

The simple truth is that we cannot afford to lose these people from our profession, writes one teacher-leader.


We are now at that point in the year when schools will be trying to finalise their staffing structures for September. Teachers will soon be finding out which year group they will be in, which classes they will be allocated and some will be anticipating stepping up to take on a leadership position for the first time. 


Along with the internal manoeuvring, a whole swathe of new NQTs will have just been appointed and will be enjoying that final longest of summers before stepping into their own classroom for the first time. Most of us will recall that sense of optimism and anticipation that comes with being an NQT, waiting to start your first teaching job. It's that sense of knowing you're about to embark on a career that really matters. 


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