Saturday 5 May 2018 / 9:32 AM Angela Rayner / Education

Schools facing leadership crisis as over three in ten new leaders leave within five years – Angela Rayner

  • Government data revealed that more than three in ten school leaders who took up their posts between 2011 and 2015 had not been retained;
  • In secondary schools over one in three school leaders have left;
  • Comes as younger teachers are forced to step up and take leadership roles, while recruitment targets are missed and teacher retention falls.

Schools could face a growing leadership crisis if more is not done to retain school leaders, Labour has warned, as Government data shows that three in ten teachers who took on leadership roles between 2011 and 2015 have not been retained.

The growing shortage is particularly acute in secondary schools, where more than one in three teachers in leadership posts have already moved on.

Increasing difficulties in retaining school leaders has led to a sharp increase in the number of younger teachers who have been forced to take leadership roles in order to fill the gaps.

Government data has revealed that there are 100 headteachers aged 25-29, who would not have had more than eight years of teaching experience before taking on senior leadership posts.

The situation in schools looks likely to worsen, with the Government having missed its own teacher recruitment targets five years in a row, while teachers continue to leave the profession in record numbers.

Angela Rayner MP, the Shadow Education Secretary, will highlight the growing challenges facing school leaders in a speech to the annual conference of the National Association of Headteachers today (Saturday 5th May).

Commenting, Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“This Conservative Government is making it impossible for our schools to keep the leadership they need.

“Despite the incredible work they do across the country, headteachers face rising workloads, falling pay, and a Government that will not give them the support they need to recruit and retain staff.

“Government needs to work with the teaching profession, not against them, if we are to give every child the best possible start in life.

“The next Labour government will support our schools by giving them the resources they need, increasing per pupil funding in real terms and providing ring-fenced funding to end the pay cap and give our teachers the pay rise they deserve.”