The annual turnover of full-time teachers has risen to its highest level
since records began, reveals research by the Employers Organ- isation for Local
According to a survey of teacher resignations and recruitment the turnover rate
from LEA schools has risen from 9.8 to 12.8 per cent – the highest figure since
the survey started in 1990.
A total of 46,000 teachers moved on, with 23,000 going to other teaching
posts, 7,000 retired, 2,600 left the education sector, and 13,000 left to go to
The South East and London were the worst hit areas with turnover rates of 35
and 33 per cent respectively.
"The particularly high turnover rates in London and the South East are
partly due to the ease with which teachers can commute to a number of LEAs and
other employers within a relatively compact geographical area," explained
a spokesperson for the National Employers Organisation for School Teachers.
Female teachers were more likely to move on than their male counterparts.