TEACHERS are flooding out of Britain’s schools because of overwork, bureaucracy, excessive hours and government interference, researchers warned yesterday.
Rebecca Allen, director of Datalab, the research arm of not-for-profit schools research firm FFT Education, told a general election briefing that the job of being a teacher was simply “too big an ask.”
Teaching is now “incredibly difficult,” bogged down with paperwork and accountability tasks that are leaving the profession “exhausted,” she said, calling for action to stop the mass exodus.
“It’s something that is essentially a performance job and I think as a profession they’re exhausted,” she said. “I think they’re exhausted not just by the day-to-day job of delivering lessons, but more importantly everything else that they’re expected to do.
“When you look at surveys of the profession that say what proportion of people are thinking about leaving, the numbers are staggeringly high.”
Figures published last October showed that nearly a third of teachers who began work in England’s state schools in 2010 were not in the classroom five years later. About one in eight (13 per cent) left teaching after just a year.
Labour has pledged to lift the public-sector pay cap which affects teachers, to involve teachers in a review of the schools’ curriculum, and to reduce unnecessary monitoring and assessments.
A Conservative Party spokeswoman said its manifesto includes new policies to attract people into teaching, and remain in the profession.