Facts and figures about career changing in education

The number of careers that one quarter of the UK population expects to have in a lifetime. A further 60% expects to have two careers
ICM on behalf of the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

The percentage of professional, male career changers that considers a move into teaching
TDA, November 2006

The number of teachers that left the profession between 2000 and 2005
The Conservative Party, December 2007, as reported by The Times

The number of teachers that return to teaching at a later date in their career
TDA 2006

The first, and only, non-teacher to be appointed to lead an English state school. Peter Noble, a 50-year-old, started his professional life as a radiologist and worked in the NHS before being apponted chief executive of the Richard Rose Academies Federation in Carlisle, Cumbria. Noble lasted just five months before his attempt to run the schools on business linesfoundered after a spot Ofsted inspection.  The TES June, 2008

The age after which one third of teachers move into the profession
The Policy Exchange’s The Labour Market for Teachers


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