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Teachers: Resignations

Question for Department for Education

UIN 41323, tabled on 27 June 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2016 to Question 40307, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the total number of teachers who left state funded schools in England because they moved out of the profession in each of the last six years; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

13 July 2016

Statistics showing the number of teachers that leave state funded schools in England in each year are publicly available from Table 7b of the additional tables at the following link:

Table 7b of the additional tables shows that between 2014 and 2015, 43,070 qualified teachers left the profession (full-time equivalents, FTE). This is equivalent to 10.0% of teachers. The total number of FTE teachers leaving in any one year includes those who are retiring, those moving to other education sectors e.g. Independent schools or FE and those leaving the profession, some of whom later return.

During the same period (2014 to 2015), 45,810 FTE teachers entered service in a state funded school. This is equivalent to 10.5% of teachers. The rate of entry of teachers has been higher than the rate of those leaving throughout the period of 2011 to 2015. In 2015, 14,060 FTE teachers returned to the profession.

These statistics are sourced from the annual School Workforce Census.