Motherhood? It's enough to turn you towards teaching
Dorothy, a Year 3 teacher quoted in the study, said: "I've got two children. When they were at primary school, I used to volunteer to help out. It was a teacher there that really encouraged me to go into teaching."
Sharon, a Year 6 teacher, said: "When I had my own children and they came to this school, I decided to help them out in their classroom. I wanted my own classroom with a group of children I could take forward in their learning."
Teaching was also a convenient choice for those with children. Many of the female teachers admitted that the working hours were a significant draw.
But many also felt a strong sense of mission, seeing teaching as a means of serving society. Christine, a headteacher, said: "It was either being a teacher or a police officer."
Another, younger teacher spoke of having worked as a volunteer teacher in India. She said: "It was very rural, very poor. They literally sat at a desk and recited things. I really want to teach creatively and be able to take advantage of all the resources that we have." Others were inspired by a good teacher from their schooldays.
Primary Teacher Commitment and the Attractions of Teaching, by Geoff Troman and Andrea Raggl