In a wide-ranging report, the Department for Education has published an analysis of teacher supply and retention.
The researchers also looked at teacher mobility to see how far a newly qualified teacher (NQT) is willing to travel for a new job and whether the Ofsted results for a school will attract teachers.
The report, entitled ‘Analysis of teacher supply, retention and mobility,’ also highlights the issue that while a national shortage of qualified teachers is creating headaches for the government and headteachers alike, it is making it easier for new qualified teaching recruits to find a job.
From those teachers that qualified in 2015, within two years 85% of them had found teaching jobs in the state sector.
That’s an impressive rise from the 75% of teachers who found work within two years after qualifying in 2010.
Trainee primary school teachers have a better success rate
The results also highlight that trainee primary school teachers have a better success rate than trainee secondary school teachers when finding employment within two years of finishing their training.
However, the DfEE says that the rate of newly qualified teachers finding work will never hit 100% because some will opt to work in the private education sector.
The report also reveals that teachers are not put off from moving to a school that has been rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.
One reason being put forward by education experts for this is the fact that a struggling school may have more job vacancies and therefore encourage more movement to the school.
There’s also a potential desire among new teachers to help the school raise its standards to avoid future poor Ofsted ratings.
Likely to get a job from university or from school centred initial training
For those trainees wondering whether they are more likely to get a job from university or from school centred initial training (SCITT), then the latter is more successful.
From the DfE’s figures, those who qualified in 2015, through SCITTs saw 88% finding a job within two years.
That’s a slightly better success rate than for those who graduate from university with 85% of those qualifying finding work over the same period.
From the providers of teacher training, Teach First sees an average employment rate for those who train with them of 93%.
Also, reflecting a six-year long trend, those trainee teachers that have specialised in EBacc subjects have been more likely to find work than those who have specialised in non-EBacc subjects.
There are variations within teacher supply
However, there are variations within teacher supply for those who study Ebacc subjects and for trainees who specialise in English, geography and history then 90% of them find work within two years.
However, for those who train in modern foreign languages and physics only saw 75% find work.
Another interesting statistic from the DfE’s report is that 50% of newly qualified teachers find their first teaching post at a school that is within 15 miles of their training provider.
Indeed, 76% of trainees find work within 37 miles and 6% of NQTs will travel more than 125 miles to their first job from their training centre.
There’s also a divide among those trainees likely to travel further with younger trainees more willing to travel further afield to find work than older trainees.
The report, ‘Analysis of teacher supply, employment and mobility within the state sector’ can be found on the DfE’s website.