Teaching & Leaving

This survey is aimed at people who have left the teaching profession.

Research shows that 30 per cent of teachers at English state schools leave the profession within the first five years.

This study investigates why teachers leave the profession, and the individual and collective dimensions of teachers leaving their profession. The survey builds on a number of exploratory interviews with teachers who decided to leave the teaching profession within the last five years.

This survey is completely anonymous. If there are any questions, queries or comments concerning this survey or you would like to participate in a telephone interview please contact Mark Bergfeld m.d.bergfeld@qmul.ac.uk

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* 1. For how many years did you work as a teacher?

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* 2. What's your pronoun?

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* 3. What is your ethnic group?

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* 4. Why did you leave the teaching profession?

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* 5. Whom did you talk to before deciding to leave the teaching profession?

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* 6. Please describe your relationship with fellow teachers and to school management (head teacher, head of dept).

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* 7. Please elaborate how you conceptualise your act of leaving? (Giving up, escape, refusal, resistance, moving up, career change etc.)

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* 8. Did the previous or current government's education policies play a role in your decision to leave the profession?

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* 9. The trade union in my school was effective

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* 10. The school's response to and anticipation of OFSTED inspections affected my decision to leave.

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