Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2019

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Thursday July 4, 2019 - Thursday July 4, 2019

University of Essex

Lecture Theatre Building, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3WA

Our Workforce Lead, Jack Worth, will be attending this international conference sharing research based on longitudinal analysis of teachers leaving the profession. Speaking at 9.30am on 4 July, Jack will be discussing his research: Is the Grass Greener Beyond Teaching?

The issues of teacher recruitment and retention have recently moved up the education policy agenda in England as a result of rising pupil numbers, shortfalls in the number of new trainee teachers and increases in the proportion of teachers leaving the profession. NFER use innovative analysis of longitudinal Understanding Society data to analyse the factors associated with teachers’ decisions to leave the profession. We track teachers for several years after they leave teaching, to see what they do next and what that can tell us about their motivation for leaving.

Research has found that the pay of those who leave teaching is 10 per cent less than it was as a teacher, suggesting that teachers’ decisions to leave the profession are not strongly motivated by the prospect of higher pay outside teaching. The job satisfaction of teachers who leave and take up a new job improves considerably after leaving and job satisfaction falls in the years before teachers leave, indicating that job satisfaction is a far more important motivation for leaving. Also, many secondary school teachers who leave teaching switch from full-time to part-time work, which suggests that there is substantial unmet demand for part-time work among secondary teachers.

This research evidence has been used extensively by the UK Government to inform its 2019 teacher recruitment and retention strategy.

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