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Less than four in ten young teachers say they definitely plan to stay in teaching long term, a conference organised by the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has heard.
 
Workload is the major issue that young teachers say has the biggest detrimental effect on them.
 
Young teachers gathered in Birmingham for the NASUWT’s Young Teachers’ Consultation Conference to take part in professional development workshops and receive support and advice.
 
A real-time electronic poll of members attending the Conference found that:

  • Only one third (35%) said they think they will definitely stay in teaching long-term. 14% only expect to be in the profession for another year;

  • 83% don’t think they are paid enough for the job they do;

  • Almost a third (31%) of teachers generally don’t feel supported or empowered in their role;

  • Teachers said what they most enjoyed about their job was seeing pupils learn and progress interacting with pupils  and making a positive difference.

Chris Keates, Acting General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Young teachers are the future of the profession and it is vital they are nurtured and supported to remain in teaching.
 
“However, it is clear that the increasingly uncompetitive nature of their pay, and excessive workload pressures may force many of these talented young people out of the teaching profession.
 
“The national  teacher supply crisis will not be resolved until politicians take seriously these concerns and act to resolve them.”

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