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Teachers: Termination of Employment

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the number of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who left the profession within three years of obtaining NQT status in each of the last five years. (142523)

The following table provides the number of teachers who had left service from the maintained sector in England by March in each of the last five years for which information is available having entered full or part-time regular service three years previously and having qualified during the year prior to that. This is the latest information available. It is not known how many of these teachers have left the teaching profession permanently and it is difficult to determine the number of those who have subsequently returned to service.

Full and part-time1 teachers entering maintained sector service in England the year after attaining qualified teacher status who were no longer in such service three years later2 by year

Year of qualification

No longer in service by March

Number of NQTs

1997

2001

3,880

1998

2002

3,640

1999

2003

3,860

2000

32004

3,530

2001

32005

3,520

1 Part-time service may be under-recorded by between 10 and 20 per cent. and therefore these figures may be slightly underestimated.

2 For example teachers qualifying in calendar year 1997 who have been recorded as in service in March 1998 and out of service in March 2001. Teachers may have returned to service since the date where they are shown as no longer in service or may have moved to teaching service outside of the English maintained sector.

3 Provisional estimates.

Source:

Database of Teacher Records.