By Gavin Mackintosh-
Twenty Percent Of teachers do not teach in a state-funded school in England within 16 months of qualifying, according to new statistics revealed.
Figures released by the Department for Education reveal that the percentage of teachers working in a state school 16 months after being qualified dropped from 83 per cent in 2016-17 to 81 per cent in 2017-18. It suggests that 20% of qualified teachers may teach in private schools in that period and even longer, whilst an even larger percentage may switch from state funded schools to private schools once they have gathered more experience and if they gain acceptance in private schools.
There were 20,539 postgraduate trainee teachers awarded QTS in 2017-18 who were teaching in a state school at that point after qualifying. Statistics from the DfE show that in 2016-17 there were 20,433 new teachers were working in the state-sector within 16 months of qualifying.
Statistics on the employment status of new teachers focuses solely on those in the state sector.The figures previously included those teaching in the independent sector and abroad, and looked at their employment status six months after qualifying, rather than 16.