School Workforce in England

Explore our latest research and commentary on teacher supply in England

England’s schools are facing significant challenges in recruiting and retaining sufficient numbers of teachers. The urgent need to ensure there are enough teachers in our schools is arguably one of the most important policy issues facing England’s education system today.  The recruitment, retention and development of teachers is a key area of focus for NFER and one where we have built extensive knowledge. In this Spotlight, discover some of NFER’s recent work and commentary in this important area. 

 

Teacher Workforce Dynamics in England report:

Teacher Workforce Dynamics in England report:

The final report in NFER’s major Nuffield Foundation funded study, published in October 2018, draws out a number of key factors influencing teacher retention and makes recommendations for policy makers and school leaders to help respond to these challenges.

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Keeping teachers in the profession:

Keeping teachers in the profession:

Improving retention of existing teachers is vital. This short animation explores some of NFER’s key findings from our ‘Teacher Workforce Dynamics in England’ report released in October 2018.

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Welcoming the DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy:

Welcoming the DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy:

In January, the Department for Education (DfE) published its new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy to help address some of the issues facing the profession. Our recent research informed the new strategy and we welcome the government’s efforts to focus on retaining teachers.

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Job stress higher for teachers than other professions’:

Job stress higher for teachers than other professions’:

NFER’s first annual report on the teacher labour market in England 2019, looking at the issues facing the teacher workforce, shows that job-related stress is higher among teachers than other professionals.

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‘Hinds is right to shift focus from recruitment to retention’:

‘Hinds is right to shift focus from recruitment to retention’:

The new DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy has a notable change of emphasis from recruitment to retention. In this piece for Schools Week Magazine, our School Workforce Lead Jack Worth discusses why this shift in focus is so important.

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TES talks with Carole Willis:

TES talks with Carole Willis:

In this profile piece for TES Magazine, Chief Executive Carole Willis gives her thoughts on the key issues in education including teacher recruitment and retention.

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Can schools make a success of flexible working?:

Can schools make a success of flexible working?:

With the secondary school system facing a substantial teacher supply challenge over the next decade, could part-time and flexible working provide part of the answer? NFER's research, published in June 2019, investigated the demand for part-time and flexible working, the barriers for secondary school leaders and how these can be overcome.

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Is the ‘perfect storm’ subsiding?:

Is the ‘perfect storm’ subsiding?:

Schools face a ‘perfect storm’ with rising pupil numbers secondary schools and teacher shortages. In this blog post, Jack Worth delves deeper into the latest data on the teacher workforce in England published by the DfE in June 2019, to see how we’re weathering the storm.

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How can schools best support early career teachers?:

How can schools best support early career teachers?:

In this feature for ASCL’s Leader Magazine, Research Manager Matt Walker looks at the training and support early career teachers say they need, and considers the implications for schools and policy.

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