How to stop new teachers quitting


The number of new teachers quitting within just a few years is a crisis – not just in this country but all over the world. So what is going wrong? Jamie Thom, once a burned-out NQT himself, interviewed more than 150 new teachers with the aim of getting to the heart of the problem. Here, he sends out an SOS for new teachers – and reveals three strategies that he believes could stop talented young people leaving the profession in droves

How to stop NQTs from quitting

There is just so much overstretching of teachers. There is too much pressure and expectation – it feels relentless.”

After just three years in the job, Sarah* decided she could no longer continue teaching. A talented and committed individual, she had begun her career with “idealistic energy”, and had thrown herself into the challenge of “making a positive difference to young people”.

However, like for so many others, her hopes and dreams were crushed by the reality that she encountered once qualified. She could not go on. And as of this month, she is an ex-teacher.

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