ATL comment on the number of teachers quitting after five years

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Press release
05 November 2016 by ATL Media Office
Alison Ryan, senior policy adviser at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on 30% of state school teachers quitting within five years of starting in 2010.

"The loss of teachers is a tragic and expensive waste, and particularly catastrophic as the number of pupils is are set to increase dramatically over the next few years.

"The Government needs to tackle the reasons why teachers are leaving the profession; excessive workload, working with an assessment system which strips the joy from pupils' learning and dealing with a treadmill of constant change in education. 

"It would be easier for schools to retain teachers if they could give their teachers time for high-quality training and to put their professional learning into practice, and allow them to creative in the way they teach.

Notes to editors

  1. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
  2. ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
  3. ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.