Becoming a teacher can be a great job. No doubt about it. Yes, you have the long holidays and yes, you can be home a good two hours earlier than those poor sardines commuting to and from the City each day, but is it an easy way to make a living? Is it well paid? Is a classroom a pleasant environment to spend your working life, well, working in?
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The answers to these questions are a resounding no, at least if the statistics from Whitehall’s Independent Spending watchdog are anything to go by. In 2011 only 62% of NQTs (newly qualified teachers) were still teaching a year later, compared to 2005, when 80% were still teaching after a year.
These days it seems as if the problem is getting steadily worse, with more and more teachers looking into how to get out of teaching.
In 2014, 11% of teachers, NQTs and experienced ones alike, left the teaching profession completely, showing that time has done nothing to alleviate an already desperate situation. This has left many secondary schools struggling to fill teacher vacancies, particularly in some subjects, such as Science and Maths. It is not just the regular teaching positions either that are remaining vacant, schools have reported increasing difficulties in appointing staff to senior teaching posts and head teacher positions.
The reasons for this mass exodus are many, although there are many recurrent ones; stress, workload, low pay, bad behavior, lack of respect, to name a few. Who wants to spend all their working lives telling pupils to be quiet and showing them how to behave properly?
Certainly not you and I, if you are reading this post with intent.