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More teachers leaving profession than joining for second year running

More teachers leaving profession than joining for second year running

More teachers are leaving the profession than joining, latest government data has revealed, fuelling concerns the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention is worsening.

The data, which gives details of England's state school workforce as of November last year, shows the rate of qualified teachers entering the profession is at its lowest in five years.

The number of qualified teachers entering the classroom has also dropped for the second year running, with over 2,600 more teachers having left the profession than joined in 2016.

Department for Education data also shows a rise in the number of senior staff members taking home six-figure salaries - with around 1,300 head teachers handed salaries worth at least £100,000 in 2016.

Some 700 headteachers - including executive heads (such as those responsible for more than one school) were earning between £100,000 and £109,999 at the end of 2016, while a further 600 were taking home pay packets worth over £110,000.

Classroom teachers from all types of state school have seen their wages rise by around £500 in a year, with average pay now standing at £35,100, compared to £34,600 in 2015.

Commenting on the figures, Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said: "It is deeply concerning to see the number of headteachers on six-figure salaries increasing while teachers' pay is being held back and is not keeping pace with inflation."

The latest statistics also show the total number of entrants to teaching stood at 43,830 in 2016, down from 45,260m in 2013. At the same time, the data shows the total number of qualified teachers leaving the profession has fallen to 42,830, from 43,370 the year before.

Source: The Independent

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