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Teachers: Labour Turnover

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL5658, tabled on 27 February 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the retention rates of teachers and trainee teachers by (1) region, and (2) subject.

Answered on

8 March 2017

The Department publishes the retention rate of teachers at national level. This information shows that around 90% of teachers are employed in state-funded schools in the year after qualifying and 70% are still employed in the state-funded sector after five years.

These statistics are published in Table 8 at the following web link but are not produced by region or by subject.

Statistics showing the number and rate for teacher entrants, teacher turnover and teacher wastage by region are publicly available in section 2 of the ‘Local analysis of teacher workforce: 2010 to 2015’ at the following web link. These statistics are not produced by subject.

Figures for the number of trainee teachers who completed Initial Teacher Training (and their employment outcomes within six months of gaining qualified teacher status) by subject and region are publicly available. These statistics are published in the statistical first release ‘Initial teacher training (ITT) performance profiles for teacher training providers in England in the academic year 2014 to 2015’ available at the following web link:

The proportion of postgraduate trainees who are awarded QTS and gain employment within 6 months has remained broadly flat, with percentages ranging from 87% to 95% over the last 10 years. There are regional statistics in the link below, although these may not reflect the location of the trainees’ employment.