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Teachers: Labour Turnover

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers entering the profession left the profession within (i) three years and (ii) five years in the latest period for which figures are available. (169136)

The following table shows the number of teachers who left full and part-time service before March 2006 after entering service three and five years earlier. These teachers attained qualified teacher status in the calendar year before entering service.

Number of teachers who had left full and part-time1 service before March 2006 after first entering service three and five years earlier

Number in service in March:

Number in service in March:

2003

2006

Number who left the service by March 20062

2001

2006

Number who left the service by March 20062

Left service after three years (year qualified 2002)

Full-time3

20,790

16,260

4,530

n/a

n/a

n/a

Part-time3

760

1,310

-550

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

21,550

17,580

3,980

n/a

n/a

n/a

Left service after five years (year qualified 2002)

Full-time3

n/a

n/a

n/a

16,780

11,540

5,240

Part-time3

n/a

n/a

n/a

600

1,470

-870

Total

n/a

n/a

n/a

17,380

13,000

4,380

n/a = Not applicable.

1 The number of part-time teaches may have been underestimated by between 10 and 20 per cent. due to the under recording of these teachers.

2 The figures for those leaving service includes teachers who have gone on to teaching service outside of the English maintained sector and those that have left teaching temporarily.

3 Some teachers have moved from part-time to full-time within this period which results in a negative number for teachers who have left part-time service and vice versa.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Database of Teacher Records.