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NFER welcomes Education Select Committee report

22 February 2017

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) welcomes publication of the House of Commons Education Select Committee report on the recruitment and retention of teachers on Tuesday 21 February 2017.

Carole Willis, Chief Executive of NFER, commented: “NFER welcomes the report published today. NFER believes that teacher retention is a priority and greater emphasis should be placed on improving this. Over the last 18 months we have analysed and reported on trends in teacher retention and our latest evidence suggests that teachers’ intentions are a little more positive than a year ago, particularly in the primary sector, although there continue to be serious challenges for the future. More research is needed and we have recently begun new work, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, that will analyse teacher retention in even greater detail.”

The Committee's 36-page report includes numerous references to NFER research reports: Should I Stay or Should I go: NFER analysis of teachers joining and leaving the profession and Engaging teachers: NFER analysis of teacher retention. NFER submitted written evidence to the inquiry in November 2015 and NFER Senior Research Manager Jack Worth was subsequently called to give oral evidence in October 2016, and is quoted several times in the report.

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From the NFER blog: Could teacher retention be improving?

Video of Jack Worth's appearance at the Education Select Committee - Wednesday 19 October 2016