Policy Exchange’s research on teacher retention was highlighted in a House of Commons debate on schools funding.
Rob Halfon MP, the Chair of the Education Select Committee and a former Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, said:
“It is widely acknowledged that retention is just as important as recruitment, but far too many teachers leave the profession when in other circumstances they could stay. In 2016, Policy Exchange published research showing that a quarter of teachers leaving the classroom were women aged between 30 and 39. This is a challenge for productivity and for social justice, and schools will need to become much more open to part-time and flexible working in order to stop the classroom brain drain.”