HIGH rates of teachers are leaving the profession altogether, with science, maths and language teachers most likely to quit, according to research published yesterday.
The study by the National Foundation for Educational Research, based on data from 2010-15, found that more than one in 10 of those teaching these subjects had quit.
Technology and English teachers were not far behind, with 10 per cent and 9.7 per cent respectively leaving during this time.
The research revealed that some teachers with a Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) background have moved over to other industries for better job prospects.
NASUWT’s general secretary Chris Keates said: “The government is in denial.
“It is the government’s own policies which have resulted in excessive and increasing teacher workloads, dwindling pay, starting salaries which are increasingly uncompetitive with other graduate professions and the relentless pressure of the high-stakes accountability regime.
“These factors are driving existing teachers out of the profession, sapped of energy and enthusiasm for the job.
“The evidence is clear that we have a serious national teacher recruitment and retention issue.
“In the face of the overwhelming and growing evidence of the problem, the government must face up to the crisis it has created.”
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said that the workload on teachers made it difficult for them to find time to spend with their friends, families and children.
A union spokeswoman pointed out that there has been a 1 per cent pay cap for teachers since 2012, following two years with no pay increases.
NUT general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “The solution is clear. “Stop denigrating the workforce and worsening their conditions via long working hours, depressed pay, and vanishing resources. These damage both recruitment and retention.”