Teaching could face exodus by unhappy staff

A third of England’s teachers want to leave the profession within five
years.

A poll of 70,000 teachers across England reveals that 35 per cent said they
are likely to quit teaching within the next five years – prompted by concerns
over workload, increasing bureaucracy and poor discipline.

Carol Adams, chief executive of the General Teaching Council for England
(GTC), which carried out the survey with Mori and The Guardian newspaper, said:
"Overall, we find too many enthusiastic new teachers, who are mostly young
women graduates, rapidly losing their enthusiasm.

"For them, within the first five years, initially positive expectations
about what they see as a creative, challenging and rewarding career, turn into
a wish to change job and a reluctance to say they would choose teaching again.
We should ask honestly why this happens."

More than half of those polled said their morale was lower than when they
began teaching, and a third would not teach if they had their time again.

www.gtce.org.uk

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