Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU) comments on School Workforce Census.
“Today’s School Workforce Census statistics will make grim reading for the Secretary of State. The number of teachers has now fallen to the lowest level since 2013 - with more qualified teachers leaving the profession than the number entering, the Government is failing to recruit enough teachers even to stand still.
“We are losing teachers too quickly, undoubtedly because the Government is burning them out with an excessive workload and they can earn more and have a better work/life balance in another profession. With so many teachers leaving the profession early we are left with a less experienced workforce which has an impact on pupils’ learning and makes recruitment into school leadership posts more difficult in the future. We are also losing the key influence that experienced teachers play in mentoring NQs.
“The Government needs to fully-fund a pay increase for all teachers. Teachers’ pay rose by just £300 on average over the last year – just 0.78 per cent - and teachers are still waiting to find out whether they will receive a pay rise in September. The Government must also re-double its efforts to address workload, but this will be much harder in the face of falling teacher numbers and rising pupil numbers.”