Written evidence submitted by Dr Joshua Fullard. TTR0063 [House of Commons. Education Committee. Teacher recruitment, training and retention inquiry]

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Parliamentary Paper


Publication date

July 11, 2023


1) Teaching has become a relatively less attractive graduate profession since 2010. Less people are interested in perusing a career in teaching; 2) Increasing teachers’ salaries to 2010 levels would be the most effective way to boost the relative attractiveness of the profession. But this would be expensive. A merit-based tuition fee reduction for teacher training would be a less expensive alternative in the short run. This approach has been successful in Chile; 3) Policies related to increasing teacher salaries, reducing teacher workloads, and improving school leadership would be the most effective ways to improve teacher retention; 4) Teacher gender diversity is getting worse. The proportion of secondary school teachers who are male is at a record low (35 percent). Almost 1 in 4 state-funded schools in England do not have a male classroom teacher. This is driven by the decline in teachers’ relative wages. Over 50 percent of male teachers would be financially better off in an alternative career; 5) Teacher ethnic diversity is improving but the rate of change is slow. Classroom teachers need to become between twice as diverse (London) and ten times as diverse (North East) to become ethnically representative of the pupils they teach.



- https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/120414/pdf/
- https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/120414/pdf/
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- https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/120414/pdf/
- https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/120414/pdf/
- https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/120414/html/
- https://committees.parliament.uk/work/7357/teacher-recruitment-training-and-retention/publications/written-evidence/?page=2



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