In the Independent today:
‘Nearly three in five teachers in only their first year in the profession are already not convinced that they will stay in teaching – and rising mental health problems are partly to blame, research finds. The survey, of more than 275 teachers in their first year of teaching, by a Leeds Beckett University academic, found that only 43 per cent have definite plans to stay in the profession long-term.’
In a Times Education Scotland article full of Iain Greymatter, we read:
‘Since 2014-15, a total of 296 primary and secondary probationer teachers left the profession.’
So, that’s around 100 per year leaving.
In any year, there are around 2 000 probationer teachers in Scotland.
So, the percentage actually leaving is 5%.
5%, 43%? I know we’re not comparting like with like. Maybe more than 5% of the Scots would moan about planning to leave but 43%?
Let’s see if we can find the actual number of English probationers leaving. Oooh, would the 2015 figures do? See this:
Now what could be persuading all those Scottish probationer teachers to stay on? Hmm, see these:
Boom! 35% fewer vacancies in Schools and 15% more student teachers
Scotland not one of ‘all English-speaking countries’, English researchers find but our teachers may be happier
97% of Scotland’s head teachers expect attainment gap to close over next five years thanks to SNP government funding
Despite Scotsman scare story, English schools spending 50% more on supply teachers than better-staffed Scottish schools.
Scottish teachers report lower job demands, better relationships and lower perceived stress levels than those in England and only 4% are considering leaving their jobs
In the Herald, SNP warned that giving more power to head-teachers in Sweden “led to declining standards” No it didn’t.
Forget PISA’s tiny unreliable samples: Scotland has the best school attainment outcomes in the UK because it has the most teachers per pupil
Scottish Teachers Less Likely to Consider Quitting
Scotland has far fewer pupils for every teacher
EIS survey on Scottish teacher stress is stupidly covered in National then disappears before leading academic can mark it its ‘methods.’
Scottish Conservatives write FAKE NEWS on ‘teacher shortages’ for ‘Scotsman’