The NFER Debates – How can we encourage more teachers to stay in the profession?

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

With rising pupil numbers and shortfalls in the number of trainee teachers in England, retaining more teachers in the profession is crucial for ensuring every school has the teachers it needs. Every teacher who stays in the classroom means there is one less teacher for schools to recruit. Yet the number of working-age teachers leaving the profession has increased since 2010, making it more difficult for teacher supply to keep up with growing demand. The panel will debate how we can best encourage more teachers to stay in the classroom. What policy measures should the Government include in its teacher recruitment and retention strategy? What can school and system leaders do to improve teacher retention?