Improve teacher retention today!

Learn how to approach the challenge of retaining your teachers head-on, with the practical advice and resources in this helpful guide. Find out what's inside >


"Download this excellent resource - contains pertinent research and useful links. High-quality CPD has a positive impact on recruitment and retention. A really good read!" - John  Kane FCCT, Director of Leadership, Learning and Teaching at Challenger Multi Academy Trust.

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What is this guide about?

The quality of education, depends on the quality of teachers. But the current shortage of teachers coming into the profession is a continuing challenge for the UK education sector and appears to be worsening. Many school leaders (like yourself) are reporting the day-to-day struggle of teacher turnover and your ability to fill key roles.

UK teachers rank second to last in OECD league tables of teacher longevity in the classroom. Only 48% of teachers have more than 10 years in the profession, but, despite common belief, workload is not necessarily the primary factor for so many leaving, according to research.

We've taken the indisputable findings from the DfE’s recent interpretation of a report by TALIS, as well as advice from educational thought-leaders in the Shaping the Future of CPD report (SFCPD, 2016), to identify exactly what is needed to tackle the teacher shortage.

This guide includes:

  • 3 practical things schools can do to improve teacher retention
  • A framework for career-long professional development
  • Resources for improving leadership, internally
  • Resources for encouraging wellbeing and building self-efficacy in your teachers
  • Guidance on how to create a teacher retention strategy


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“We need to invest in the professional learning of the teachers that are currently working. We need to ensure when we have new teachers coming in and for existing teachers, that their work life is one they are able to sustain. This is so the most important thing, the students’ learning is allowed to happen without people burning out and people being forced out of the profession” 

Tim Matthews, Deputy Head, Oriel High School