Teacher Turnover

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From: Hannah Sharkey

3 November 2011

Dear Department for Education,

I would like to know please:

1. The total number of qualified teachers in England in 2008, 2009
and 2010?

2. The number of qualified teachers employed in England in 2008,
2009 and 2010?

3. The number of teachers leaving the profession in England in
2008, 2009 and 2010?

4. The reasons stated by teachers for leaving the profession in
2008, 2009 and 2010?

5. The number of teachers leaving the profession within 5 years of
starting to teach for 2008, 2009, 2010?

6. The number of people gaining qualified teacher status in England
in 2008, 2009 and 2010?

Yours faithfully,
Hannah Sharkey

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Department for Education

4 November 2011

Dear Ms Sharkey

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2011/0074561

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0370 0002288
www.education.gov.uk

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Department for Education

7 December 2011


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Dear Ms Sharkey,
Thank you for your email dated 3 November 2011. 

You asked:  I would like to know please: 1. The total number of qualified
teachers in England in 2008, 2009 and 2010?  2. The number of qualified
teachers employed in England in 2008, 2009 and 2010?  3. The number of
teachers leaving the profession in England in 2008, 2009 and 2010?  4. The
reasons stated by teachers for leaving the profession in 2008, 2009 and
2010?  5. The number of teachers leaving the profession within 5 years
of starting to teach for 2008, 2009, 2010? 6. The number of people gaining
qualified teacher status in England in 2008, 2009 and 2010?.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1.  The attached table 'adh11128_Item_1.xls' gives the overall number of
people who have acquired qualified teacher status in England and Wales of
all ages. It includes teachers who are in teaching service both inside and
outside England and Wales, people who attained qualified teacher status
but never entered service and those who have left teaching service, upon
retirement or for other reasons either temporarily or permanently.

2.  Table 1 of the Statistical First Release at the following
link provides a time series showing the number of teachers in service
in publicly funded schools.  

[1]http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB...

3.  Turnover and wastage figures for 2010 have not yet been prepared for
publication and it is anticipated that they will be available in December
2011 at the link provided above in section 2. The following
link provides information for 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 which is published
in Table C2.

[2]http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB...

4.  Reasons for teachers leaving the profession have recently been
collected for the first time in the new November 2010 School
Workforce Census and figures are available for 2010 in the the attached
table 'adh11128_Item_4'. The data provided should be treated with a high
degree of caution since schools were unable to provide destination
information for 38 per cent of teachers finishing contracts in this first
collection of the census. Consequently destinations are only known for 62
per cent of teachers whose contracts closed in the academic year 2009/10
and we are not in a position to say whether this 62 per cent are
representative of the teachers for whom destinations are not known. We
therefore recommend that the data be used as an illustration of trends
rather than quoted in absolute terms for this first year of the data
collection. More limited information on reasons for
leaving (for 2007/2008  and 2008/2009) are available in table C1c in
the link above in item 3. 

5.  Unfortunately the source of data provision the 'Database of Teacher
Records' does not provide a date of first entry in service therefore we
are unable to provide an exact answer to this question.  We can provide
proxy information, for example teachers who left service in 2010 and
gained qualified teacher status in years 2005 to 2009 for example.  There
are a number of caveats and different options with this data which we
would wish to talk through with you prior to releasing any information. 
If you would be interested in these similar figures, do please let me
know.

6.  Newly qualified teacher figures for 2010 are not currently prepared
for publication and it is anticipated that they will be available in
December 2011 at the link provided above in item 2. The link provided
in section 3 above will provide newly qualified teachers within table B1
for 2008/09 and the following link for 2007/08 figures:

[3]http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB...

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Yours sincerely,

Lisa Smith
Data and Statistics Division
[email address]
[4]www.education.gov.uk

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