More teachers 'quitting the classroom over indiscipline'

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More teachers 'quitting the classroom over indiscipline'

Post by Guest on Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:06 pm

Rising numbers of teachers are taking early retirement amid concerns over factory-style exam targets, pupil behaviour and changes to pensions, it emerged today.


Almost 9,000 teachers took early retirement last year, according to data from the Department for Education. Photo: GETTY

Figures show almost 9,000 state school teachers in England quit before the statutory retirement age last year – the highest number since the late 90s. In total, more than 300,000 qualified teachers aged under 60 are now failing to work in the classroom, despite fears that rising birthrates will soon lead to a surge in the pupil population.

The Government insisted that most teachers who quit early are in their late 50s and are exercising their right to an early pension “following very long careers”. But Chris McGovern, a former head teacher and chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, branded the disclosure a “tragic waste of talent” and insisted many teachers were being driven out by high-stakes examination targets, pupil indiscipline and a lack of support from senior managers. The figures come amid a bitter row between the Government and trade unions over proposals to force teachers to work for longer – and pay more into their retirement fund – because of a squeeze on public sector finances.

The stand-off has already resulted in a series of strikes and teachers’ leaders have warned that staff could walk out again in coming months. Mr McGovern said: “It is a tough job and it’s not surprising teachers are being ground down by teaching disaffected children and relying on a curriculum that is not relevant. For many teachers, it’s like working in a factory. The obsession with league tables and targets means that managers of schools are putting more and more pressure on teachers to get good results at all costs. We have a population boom coming and schools need to hang on to their most experienced teachers.”

Under the current system, the teachers' pension age is 65. Those joining the profession before 2007 could receive their pension at 60.

In total, 8,880 state school teachers chose to retire early in 2010/11 – the highest number for 13 years. Figures show that an extra 1,570 teachers decided to leave the classroom early in 2010/11 compared with a year earlier. The average pension for retired teachers stood at £12,900 a year in 2010/11, although this was up by £1,000 in just 12 months and a £2,000 rise in three years.

Teachers taking early retirement represent just a faction of those quitting state schools each year, with many more switching careers.

According to figures, almost 232,000 teachers under 60 who previously worked in English state schools are now “out of service”. A further 80,700 in the same age group have never worked in the profession, despite qualifying as teachers at some point prior to 2009.

Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, said: "Excessive workload, a restrictive curriculum and the intense worry and fear regarding Ofsted inspection would certainly lead to many teachers wanting to take early retirement. "The teaching profession comes under almost daily attack and criticism from Government and Ofsted. In too many schools planning and assessment requirements have become formulaic burdens which have become the bane of teachers' lives, add to that pay freezes and threats to pensions.”

But a Department for Education spokesman said: "It's no surprise that nearly every single teacher retiring early this year is in his or her late 50s, following very long careers. The number of secondary pupils is dropping rapidly so there is less demand for teaching posts, particularly given the massive rise in staff numbers over the last decade. It's no surprise that teachers who joined the profession in the 1970s might choose to draw their pensions early - as is their right.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9106738/More-teachers-quitting-the-classroom-over-indiscipline.html

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Post by Guest on Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:25 pm

The massive rise in staff numbers in the last decade was due to the ridiculous lets make ex bankers teachers Rolling Eyes when we were told we were facing a massive teacher shortage.
To say that all the leaving teachers are retiring is simply not true, teachers are getting sick of endless years of government meddling in the classroom which has culminated in the terrible state of affairs we have now where teachers teach children to pass the SATS and thats it.

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Post by Guest on Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:31 pm

Nems Again wrote:The massive rise in staff numbers in the last decade was due to the ridiculous lets make ex bankers teachers Rolling Eyes when we were told we were facing a massive teacher shortage.
To say that all the leaving teachers are retiring is simply not true, teachers are getting sick of endless years of government meddling in the classroom which has culminated in the terrible state of affairs we have now where teachers teach children to pass the SATS and thats it.

I always wanted to teach when I was young and when I first took my job it was only temporary until I did...........almost 22 years later I'm still there affraid lol!

I can understand how teachers become disillusioned, it's not the role it used to be No

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