THE number of teachers quitting the profession has reached a ten-year high, according to official figures.
Almost 50,000 left the classroom in a 12-month period in 2012/13.
The figures come just days after a poll found that the majority of trainee and newly-qualified teachers have already considered leaving, and are likely to spark fresh concerns about workload and pressures on school staff.
Overall, around one in 12 full-time teachers are leaving teaching each year, according to an analysis of government data by the Times Educational Supplement (TES).
The Department for Education’s statistics show that 49,373 qualified teachers left state schools in the 12 months up to November 13 - the latest figures available.
The previous year, up to November 2012, that figure was 48,843. A decade ago, in the financial year 2004/5, 41,880 teachers quit the classroom.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) told the TES: “It is no surprise that teachers are voting with their feet.
“A combination of unacceptable number of hours worked, a punitive accountability system, performance related pay and being expected to work until 68 for a pension has turned teaching into a less than attractive career.”