Retention and Recruitment 2019

The report, released on the 25th June 2020, includes figures up until November 2019 concerning recruitment and retention figures for teachers and teaching assistants. Highlighted facts are:

  • 2018 to 2019 saw an increase of 400 teachers and 1000 teaching assistants.
  • 43,406 full time individuals entered teaching (a decrease of 3.3% compared to 2018 figures) and 39,675 full time equivalent left (a decrease of 3.8%).
  • pupil teacher ratio in 2019 compared to 2018: early years and primary remained the same at 20.9. Special schools saw an increase to 5.9 from 5.8. Secondary schools PTR increased by 0.3 to 16.6 (2018 16.3.)
  • more teachers decreased their working hours (5.3%) than increased them (3.7%). (this is equivalent to a decrease of 3,200 full time teachers).
  • Of the NQTs who qualified in 2018, 85.4% are still in service one year after qualification, compared to 85.1% in 2018. This is the first increase since 2011.
  • 4% of teachers who qualified in 2014, are still in service after 5 years. This is lower than the five-year retention rate seen in the previous year, when the figure was 68.0%.


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