This report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) provides a practical insight into teacher retention rates by the subject they teach.

The publication finds that early-career teachers in Science and Mathematics are amongst those most likely to leave the teaching profession, whilst also being most likely to move to another school. This Research Update is the first publication in a series that is part of a major new research project by NFER, which is funded by a grant from the Nuffield Foundation.


  • The percentage of English primary and secondary school teachers leaving the profession increased from 10% in 2010 to 12% in 2014.
  • Results show that Science and Mathematics teachers account for over 20% of secondary school professionals leaving schools each year.
  • Of the 14% who leave teaching following less than one year in the profession, Mathematics teachers account for 16% of leavers while Science teachers account for 15%.

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