Our work looks at how we can better attract, train and retain teachers

Assessing the use and misuse of Newly Qualified Teachers

Last Thursday at the Festival of Education, Sam Sims and I presented new research from our forthcoming book, The Teacher Gap, on the small number of schools that appear to be knowingly running a recruit-burnout-replace staffing model. The talk was written up by Schools Week and you can read the whole story of these teachers [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|Teacher careers|

How many language teachers would we need to reach the Conservatives’ 75% EBacc target?

The Conservatives’ manifesto has revised the party’s commitment to require all students to study the English Baccalaureate subjects at Key Stage 4. It now has a more modest proposal that 75% of students should study the EBacc by the end of the next parliament [PDF]. To be considered to have entered the EBacc a child [...]

Exploring subject background differences in senior leadership pay

In last week’s blogpost we noted that the pay of senior leaders in secondary schools appears to vary systematically according to their subject background. Here we report senior leadership pay in 2010 separately for headteachers, deputies and assistant heads, based on analysis of the School Workforce Census, and look at how it is associated with [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|School improvement, Teacher careers|

No need to recruit headteachers with particular subject backgrounds

Last year the world of educational leadership research was rocked by a study, summarised in two Harvard Business Review articles (here and here), that introduced to the world the idea of ‘Surgeon’ and ‘Architect’ headteachers, among other types. The findings, if more generally true, would radically re-shape the advice we should give governing bodies about [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|School improvement, Teacher careers|

Do the stellar careers of the Teach First ambassadors who remain in teaching justify the costs of the programme?

Today two new pieces of research on teacher training routes are published. The Institute for Fiscal Studies have published a Nuffield-funded report, authored jointly with Education Datalab and NFER, that summarises the relative costs and benefits of the different teacher training routes. Separately, we have published a report on careers of Teach First Ambassadors who [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|Teacher careers|

The careers of Teach First Ambassadors who remain in teaching: job choices, promotion and school quality

In this report we explore the careers of former Teach First participants who choose to remain in state-funded schools as Ambassadors. We compare the career profiles of the 2008 to 2012 cohorts to a matched group of teachers who began a full-time Higher Education Institution led PGCE course at a same time and have similar [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|Reports, Teacher careers|

Linking ITT and workforce data: (Initial Teacher Training Performance Profiles and School Workforce Census)

This report gives some initial estimates of retention in the state-funded teaching workforce in England by teacher training route, as a proportion of all those first registering on an ITT course. We illustrate how this varies by region and teacher characteristics. We give lower and upper bound retention rate estimates, reflecting uncertainty inherent in the [...]

By | July 6th, 2016|Reports, Teacher careers|

Non-retirement teacher wastage continues to rise

The November 2015 School Workforce Census, published today, shows that wastage out of the teaching profession has risen again to 10.6%. Teachers leave the profession when they unhappy with working conditions and when they can find other employment opportunities. These statistics suggest that it is teachers in secondary and special schools who are most currently [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Teacher careers|

Inequalities in access to teachers in selective schooling areas

We recently published a report with the Social Market Foundation showing that schools serving more disadvantaged communities appeared to have greater difficulties in recruiting suitably qualified teachers. Ofsted contacted us to ask whether these inequalities were more or less pronounced in areas with selective secondary schooling because this has been an area of inquiry for them. [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Admissions, Teacher careers|