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Why do teachers leave?

Why do teachers leave?

The UCL research comparing teachers’ reasons for coming into the profession and their reasons for leaving or wanting to leave makes heartbreaking reading. The title says it all: "What motivates people to teach, and why do they leave? Accountability, performativity and teacher retention."

It shows that Britain isn’t just squandering the greatest resource it has to improve the lives of young people but that the profession I have believed in for so long has lost its way.

Thinking about this takes me back to the start of my own career, all the hopes and fears, the nervousness that every teacher should feel when meeting classes and subsequently new classes for the first time. I was daunted, yes – but I wasn’t crushed by the responsibility and the expectations placed upon me.

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