Key findings from the Government’s teacher supply study

Posted: Mar 05 2018

The government has released key data detailing teacher supply, retention and mobility in the UK and we’ve picked out a handful of the key findings.

An analysis of data on the school workforce, pupil projections and initial teacher training figures, as well as figures on how far teachers will travel to schools and on how Ofsted grades influence recruitment was carried out.

The report, titled Analysis of Teacher Supply, Retention and Mobility, reveals a number of positive factors about the education sector, as detailed here.

Employee rates from school-based training routes are high

Those completing school-centred initial training (SCITT) routes into teaching are more likely to get jobs than those from university routes.

However, employment rates from both were high, with 88% of those from SCITT routes and 85% of those from higher education routes securing employment within the first two years.

Those figures apply to the 2014-2015 set of trainees, while across the last six cohorts of trainees, those from SCITT routes are 5% more likely to find employment.

Of the various providers, Teach First had an average employment rate of 93% for its first six sets of teachers in training.

A greater number of newly qualified teachers are entering employment

New recruits are finding it easier to find employment too, as 85% of newly qualified teachers in the 2014-2015 cohort were able to find a job in state schools within two years.

That’s a dramatic increase on the figures from 2009-2010, when 75% of newly qualified teachers found employment in the same time frame.

The Department for Education says the figures continue to rise, although reaching 100% is unachievable as some teachers will always opt to teach in private education.

Newly qualified teachers stay near to their training providers

Of all newly qualified teachers, half took roles at schools within 25 km of their initial teacher training provider, while more than three quarters travelled less than 60 km for work.

Just 6% of those completing training took their first teaching role in a school that was more than 200 km from their training centre.

Those in London and the East of England made the shortest journeys on average, while those in the south-west travelled furthest.

Younger teachers were also more likely to travel further for their opportunities, as 68% of those aged 25 or under stayed within 50 km of their initial teacher training provider, a figure that rose to 82% for those over 35.

Teachers will still move to schools in need of improvement

The levels of teacher recruitment at schools rated inadequate or requiring improvement by Ofsted is nearly at twice the predicted level.

The government expected around 1,150 teachers to move to schools with the lowest ratings in 2015-2016, yet the figured topped 2,000.

It is suggested that more opportunities in these schools mean they are attractive propositions for teachers, particularly among those who are keen to make a difference.

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