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Education Policy Institute - The teacher labour market

Education Policy Institute - The teacher labour market


Overall challenges for the teacher labour market


Since 2010, teacher numbers have held steady whilst pupil numbers have risen by about 10 per cent. As a result, the national pupil:teacher ratio has risen from 15.5 in 2010 to around 17 by 2018.


Applications to teacher training were down by about 5 per cent in 2018 as compared with the same point last year. Training targets have been persistently missed in maths and science.


Exit rates have also crept up over time, from 8 to 9 per cent in primary schools and from 9 to 10 per cent in secondary schools between 2011 and 2017. They rose even faster in special schools, from around 8 to 11 per cent.


Exit rates are particularly high early in teachers’ careers, with only 60 per cent of teachers working in a state-funded school in England five years after starting training. This 5-year retention rate is only 50 per cent for high-priority subjects like physics and maths.


The value of teacher pay scales declined by about 10 per cent in real-terms since 2010 as a result of various freezes and cap on public sector pay rises.


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