Nearly two thirds of teachers have considered quitting

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Nearly two thirds of teachers have considered quitting the profession in the last six months, according to a YouGov survey of more than 1,000 current teachers in England.

Workload and poor leadership were cited as primary reasons for wanting to leave, however 92% said that making a difference in a child's life makes them want to stay.

The poll of both primary and secondary school teachers found 59% had thought about quitting, with much-needed science teachers among those most likely to have considered doing so (67%).

Three-quarters (76%) were worried about workload and a quarter (24%) said they thought about packing it in because they disliked the culture of schools.

Three in 10 (29%) said they do not feel they get enough support while 27% said poor pupil behaviour was putting them off.

Being unhappy with the quality of leadership and management (43%) and insufficient pay (43%) were also blamed.

The report was commissioned by education company Pearson UK and think tank LKMco.

Pearson UK president Rod Bristow said: “This research points to a simple conclusion: teachers want to make a difference for our children; when they feel they can’t for whatever reason, we risk losing them from the profession.

“We need nothing less than a call to action to give them the support they need to make that difference. The Government is taking the issue of teacher supply and retention seriously.

“But the larger conversation about what inspires teachers to join - and stay - in the profession will require hard talking in Whitehall, in teacher training institutions, and in every staff-room across the country.” 

Teachers said they primarily stay in teaching when they feel they are having an impact, with 92% saying the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives was an important motivation.

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