A shocking statistic!

Today I read a statistic which surprised me…and having spent the last 9 years working in Education, I didn’t think I could still be surprised!  The headline read “one in three NQTs leaving the profession”. One in three! Just think about that for a second.  Given the cost in time and resource it takes to train a teacher, and given that those trainees have themselves spent upwards of £9,000 for the privilege, something is going seriously wrong if the profession is losing a third of them in their first year!

Thankfully, our SCITT provision, Two Mile Ash ITTP, has much better retention rates and can report that over 90% of our trainees are still working in education after 5 years.  Nonetheless, what we are starting to notice more anecdotally through our close connections with schools is that more experienced teachers do seem to be throwing in the towel.  Recruitment is at crunch point and the schools in Milton Keynes are only going to feel the pinch even more as the brand new schools open over the next few years.

So, what can we do to protect ourselves?  David Weston of the TDT has written a simple yet informative article highlighting some of the ways senior leaders can help to retain their staff.  It is a quick read and worth checking out.  You can find it here.

In his article, David refers to the newly formed Chartered College of Teaching.  If you and your staff are not already aware of it, please make it a priority to share the work they are doing and encourage your staff to join.  It is just £39 for a full year’s membership and this is an organisation that is going to be pivotal in shaping the future of our profession.

I will be blogging more about the Chartered College over the next few weeks so watch this space for updates.

In the meantime, wishing you all a peaceful term and hoping you have all managed to avoid the back-to-school lurgy!

Emma Hollis