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The Great Resignation: How to solve retention post-Covid

7 July | 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Even before the pandemic, at any given time a large proportion of teachers and schools leaders reported they were considering leaving the profession. Amid talk of an economy-wide ‘Great Resignation’, there is justified fear that already-poor retention will only get worse after over two years of additional pressures.

Retention also plays out unevenly across different groups. Women, older teachers and non-white teachers are all more likely to leave prematurely.

So what to do about it? Can flexible and part-time positions be made to work around structured timetables? Workload is perennially a policy target, but is it reducing, and is there any indication that it is effective? Is our high-stakes culture to blame, and are there other structural issues? Or perhaps teaching is just not for everyone. Should we accept high levels of staff turnover as standard?


7 July
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Chair: Georgina Newton, Associate Professor, University of Warwick, Iain Ford, Senior data and reporting analyst, Teacher Tapp, James Zuccollo, Director for school workforce, Education Policy Institute, Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Provost and Professor of Education, Plymouth Marjon University and Marjon University Cornwall, Diana Ohene-Darko, Assistant Headteacher and Author, You are not alone,