Teachers turn back on jobs as UK schools plunge into staff crisis

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Shock figures show almost one in three turn their back on the job within the first five years of qualifying.

And the number of people being trained to replace them has fallen to a six-year low.

Rocketing workloads, unruly pupils and dwindling pay packets have all been blamed for the exodus.

Chris Keates, acting General Secretary of teachers’ union NASUWT, said: “New teachers are a precious resource, as they’re the future of the teaching profession.

“Their talents should not be squandered and exploited. The Government with its flawed education policies has created the perfect storm where new teachers are either deterred from entering the profession or leave within a short time, while at the same time experienced teachers are resigning.

“The Government has created a culture and conditions of service which fail to respect and value teachers at any stage in their career and the consequence is the current teacher supply crisis.”

Last year, a damning report by MPs warned teacher shortages over the next eight years were threatening children’s education.

The Government’s powerful Public Accounts Committee predicted a “brewing crisis” across classrooms in England coupled with ministers failing to “get a grip” on the issue.

Figures for the Department for Education now show the scale of the growing problem engulfing the state-school system.

Of the 23,829 teachers who entered the classroom for the first time in 2017, a total of 3,646 had quit before the start of their second year.

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