How can we retain the best teachers?

Do we face a crisis in teacher retention?

A few months ago I wrote a post which asked, why so many teachers left teaching. In it I considered the possible reasons for the shocking statistic that 50% of teachers leave the profession within their first 5 years of teaching. Lots of people got in touch to tell me why they had left, or were considering leaving teaching, and they had some terrible and depressing stories to tell. Every time a teacher is forced out of their jobs though stress, bullying or poor leadership our heart sinks further and we beat our breasts with righteous indignation.

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