Teaching is a career that has many rewards; aside from the long holidays and fairly short school days, it can be a very fulfilling career – you really can make a positive difference to a child’s life.
It can also be a rather exhausting one, which has traditionally been low paid. Just two of the reasons many teachers give for leaving.
What with report writing, marking, parents’ evenings and lesson planning, the behind the scenes so to speak, of being a teacher, the work life balance is not balanced at all but falls heavily on the work side of the scale.
Teachers are feeling increased pressure and stress in their profession. (Photo via Visualhunt.com)
Perhaps you are thinking about resigning from the National Teaching Service or perhaps you are already working through your notice period, whichever it is, you are certainly not alone in wanting to leave.
In 2014 there was a 10 year high in the UK, with nearly 50,000 teachers leaving the profession.
Statistics released from the Department of Education show that this mass exodus equated to around 1 in 12 full time teachers, roughly 4,000 leaving for each month of the year.
Newly qualified teachers are faring no better; 40% leave within a year of qualifying and another study carried out by the Guardian last year, revealed that half of England’s teachers plan to leave teaching within the next 5 years.
This will do little to lighten the spirits of the already put upon, hard-working teachers who remain and with pupil numbers set to increase over the next few years if this trend continues then there will be a serious teacher shortage.