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What motivates people to teach, and why do they leave? Accountability, performativity and teacher retention, IN British Journal of Education Studies, Mar 2019

Explores the reasons why people enter and leave the teaching profession, drawing on the results of a survey of teacher education graduates from a London college. Outlines the policy context, explaining that a longstanding problem in the teacher workforce is the continuing and substantial numbers of qualified teachers who leave the profession within five years. Presents findings covering: the motivations for becoming a teacher; the perceived challenges of being in teaching; and why people leave the profession. Indicates that, despite claiming to be aware of workload challenges before entering teaching, teachers' workload was the most frequently cited reason for leaving the profession, and that it was the nature rather than quantity of workload that was the crucial factor.


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Perryman, Jane; Calvert, Graham
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