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14 November 2023 - Teacher recruitment, training and retention - Oral evidence

Committee Education Committee
Inquiry Teacher recruitment, training and retention

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)

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How to retain teachers: Education Committee to examine best practice in other sectors

The Education Committee question experts from think tanks to understand how turnover in the teaching workforce compares with other professions in England and with education sectors in other countries.

The teaching profession is seeing increasing levels of churn. 9.7% of teachers left the workforce in 2021/22; 91% of that number left to pursue a different career.

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Teacher recruitment, training and retention
Data Scientist at Institute for Government
Co-founder and CEO at Now Teach
Research Fellow at Institute for Fiscal Studies
At 10:50am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Teacher recruitment, training and retention
Chief Executive Officer at Education Support
School Workforce Lead at NFER
CEO at Education Endowment Foundation
Chief Analyst and a Co-founder at Teach Tapp

DfE research from 2021 found that 24% of teachers left the profession within three years of qualifying. In a 2018 OECD study, England was shown to have had a higher proportion of teachers who said they wanted to leave the profession compared to an average across the 38 member states.

MPs will question witnesses on how the Government should develop an effective workforce plan, and whether best practice or strategies could be learned from other public services such as the NHS.

There will be questions on how the career development, pay and workloads of teachers in England broadly compare with other sectors to see what lessons could be applied to the education sector.

The cross-party Committee will also be interested to hear about the effectiveness of recent interventions from the Department for Education such as the School Workload Reduction Toolkit and the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter, which promoted flexible working and access to mental health and wellbeing resources.

Evidence already heard by the Committee has suggested that among contributors to workloads are providing pastoral care for pupils, preparing for Ofsted inspections, data collection and marking. MPs have also heard growing concern about non-specialist teachers filling in for lessons in subjects such as physics and maths due to staff shortages across the country.


Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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