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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 >


Book_Improving-Teacher-Retention-1"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.

What is this guide about?

We understand that 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.

The DfE’s reinterpretation of research by TALIS, leadership emerges as having by far the strongest association with both job satisfaction and desire to move school, indicating the critical importance of your role on teacher retention.

Combine that with the fact that higher levels of effective professional development and scope for progression are associated with a reduced desire for teachers to move schools, and it becomes clear that a focus and drive from leaders on more effective career-long professional development is critical for retention.

According to Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximising Impact on Learning by John Hattie, collective teacher efficacy has the greatest impact on student achievement. Even higher than factors like teacher-student relationships, home environment, or parental involvement.

But, what is teacher-efficacy and what does it have to do with retention? Also, what does career-long professional development look like?  And, what makes an effective leader and how can you become one? 

We've taken these and many more findings, plus advice from educational thought-leaders in the Shaping the Future of CPD report (SFCPD, 2016) and identified exactly what is needed to improve teacher retention. The result is this practical guide filled with useful information and resources that will help you to retain your teachers.


  • 3 practical things schools can do to improve retention and reduce teacher turnover
  • 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