This short survey is aimed at UK teachers at the early stages of their careers, from the first day of training to the end of their third year after completing training. The findings of this initial survey will be used to generate a series of more in-depth surveys to focus on specific groups of teachers and specific issues, with a view to generating pragmatic solutions for trainees and school to help ensure they remain in teaching - happily!
Since my book, How to Survive in Teaching, was published in 2018, I have become increasingly aware of how crucial the early years of teaching are in ensuring teachers remain - and thrive - in UK classrooms. This is at a time when recruitment and retention of quality teachers is at crisis point and it is devastating when hard-working people full of hope as they embark on their teaching careers walk away far earlier than they'd imagined they might.
I am passionate about work with teachers and high profile groups in the UK, from Education Support, the NFER and the DFE to putting measures in place to ensure that children like my own have quality and continuity in the classroom and that teaching is perceived, for all its challenges, as a joyful profession and one inspires pride.
**IMPORTANT: through my doctoral and subsequent research and writing, I am fully trained in ethical considerations. All of your data will be stored privately and any of it I use for research or writing will be strictly anonymised.**
I thank you for your time and your part in this project, which will make a positive difference.