How can we get more people to return to teaching?

One solution to the recruitment crisis could be persuading those who have left the classroom to return

Excessive workload and a lack of flexible working are barriers preventing 'lapsed' teachers from returning to the classroom

This time, the feeling of going back into a teaching job filled me with dread.”

Primary teacher Salma Hamid has taken several career breaks from teaching. But when she was mulling over another return last year, she just couldn’t bring herself to do it. “I see friends who are still in the profession, how run-down they are, how stressed they are,” she says. She ended up taking a job as an MP’s caseworker instead.

Salma’s story is just one piece of the much larger recruitment crisis gripping the English education system.

A Tes analysis last year revealed that the country will need 47,000 more ...

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