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Labour Urged to Address Teacher Exodus to Improve Schools

Headteachers stress that Labour must prioritize retaining teachers to address the worsening educator exodus, as nearly as many left as joined in England last year. They caution that Labour's plan to recruit 6,500 new teachers is insufficient amid severe subject shortages, calling for systemic changes to reduce workload and improve morale. Ending successful programs like Now Teach has worsened the crisis, urging Labour's intervention.
Headteachers have emphasized that Labour must prioritize retaining teachers to curb the alarming trend of educators leaving the profession, as almost as many teachers exited as joined in England last year.

The school workforce census reported 44,002 teachers joined by November 2023, while 43,522 left.

Daniel Kebede, General Secretary of the National Education Union, criticized the government's track record and urged Labour to form an independent commission if elected.

Labour's promise to recruit 6,500 new teachers falls short of addressing the shortage.

Schools report severe shortages in subjects like maths and science, with teachers leaving for less stressful or better-paid jobs.

Headteachers like Will Teece and Jonny Uttley highlighted the need for Labour to alleviate teacher workload and improve morale through systemic changes, including revising Ofsted’s accountability measures.

The situation is further exacerbated by the discontinuation of successful initiatives like the Department for Education's £1.7m career change program, Now Teach, which Labour is urged to revive.
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