NFER releases Research Update on Teacher retention by subject
May 25, 2017
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has released a Research Update on teacher retention rates. Teacher retention by subject is the first part of a research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation exploring the changing aspects of the teacher workforce in England.
The update emphasises the crucial importance of teacher retention in the face of increasing pupil numbers and the lack of new teacher trainees.
The key findings of the update include:
Leaving rates being especially high “for early-career teachers in science, maths and languages”. The number of trainees for these subjects is “consistently below” government targets leading to concerns over the impact on future teacher supply.
Teaching time for technology subjects has seen a sharp decline since 2011; other non-EBacc such as arts subjects may also see “reductions in staff numbers over the next few years” unless protected.
The cost effectiveness of bursaries for shortage subjects should be evaluated to ensure they encourage retention after training.