Worst schools staffing crisis in decades as new teachers quit in record numbers

Of the 24,736 newly qualified teachers in 2013, a total of 7,990 had left mainstream schools, new Department of Education figures show. And of 23,829 who entered the classroom for the first time in 2017, 3,646 quit after just a year.

Last year 23,820 entered the profession, the fewest for six years and a seven per cent dip on two years earlier.

Christopher McGovern, Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “Most important of all is the need to reduce teacher stress and workload by returning to traditional teaching methods that put the teacher in charge rather than the pupils.

“The recruitment crisis can be solved if we apply some common sense to how we run our schools.”