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Teachers: Recruitment

Question for Department for Education

UIN 901618, tabled on 31 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of teacher recruitment and retention.

Answered on

6 November 2017

Teaching remains a popular profession. There are now more teachers in our schools than ever before – 15,500 more since 2010. Secondary postgraduate recruitment is at its highest level since 2011.

Teacher retention remains stable and the number of teachers returning to the profession is up 8% since 2011.

However, we continue to invest significant sums in teacher recruitment and are actively addressing the issues that teachers cite as reasons for leaving the profession.

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