School Workforce

NFER’s first annual report on the teacher labour market in England highlights that one in five teachers (20 per cent) feel tense about their job most or all of the time, compared to 13 per cent of similar professionals.


School Workforce Research

NFER has a well-established research programme on teacher supply, combining analysis of large datasets and in-depth qualitative research to provide fresh insights and identify improvements to keep teachers engaged and aid retention.

Our research aims to give policymakers and system leaders an accurate picture of the education workforce to guide effective, proportionate and well-targeted action for recruitment, retention and development.

Recruitment and Retention

Funded by a grant from the Nuffield Foundation and building on our previous research in this area, which included research on headteacher retention and the role of executive headteachers in MATs, NFER began a programme of major research to understand the dynamics of the
teacher workforce in England.


Our evaluation work assesses the impacts of policies and programmes on teacher recruitment, retention, development and effectiveness, and identifies the mechanisms that underpin change.We undertake evaluations using a range of methodologies, including:

  • randomised controlled trials,
  • quantitative impact analysis,
  • surveys, interviews and case studies.