Why this older teacher is leaving the profession.

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The Guardian reports that older teachers are leaving the profession in droves and draining it of expertise.

These are my reasons:

1. Teachers who don’t want to be managers are under-rated.

Teaching is a profession in which an entrant can quickly establish themselves and quickly move up the hierarchy and into management. This is one of the aspects which is a being talked up in the adverts designed to fill up the widening gap between the number needed to fill our classrooms and schools and the number available to do so. That, and the increasingly desperate bursaries on offer, are designed to be big motivators.

And it’s true. A good, ambitious, hardworking teacher can be second in department, even head of department within just a few years. That’s a good thing. However, it is a mistake to think that a great teacher becomes, ipso facto, a great manager. Teaching and…

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