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Schools: Labour Turnover

Question for Department for Education

UIN 158307, tabled on 27 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention rate was for (a) primary school teachers, (b) secondary school teachers, (c) primary school teaching assistants and (d) secondary school teaching assistants in each of the last three years for which data are available.

Answered on

6 July 2018

The retention rate for teachers since first entering the profession is not available broken down by phase of education. The overall rates are published in Table 8 of the publication, ‘School Workforce in England’, November 2017 and is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2017.

The rate of teachers leaving service each year broken down by phase is available in table 7b of the same publication.

The rates for the latest three years are as follows:

Percentage of teachers leaving state funded schools in England, Full-time equivalent

2015

2016

2017

Nursery/Primary Schools

9.4

9.2

9.4

Secondary Schools

10.2

10.3

10.4

Source: School Workforce Census

Retention rates for teaching assistants are not held centrally.