School leaders and teaching unions in our region have told us that more teachers are leaving due to excessive workload, meaning schools here are struggling to recruit good staff - and putting educational standards at risk.
These new statistics have been shared exclusively with ITV News Tyne Tees:
- 69% of teachers in the North East surveyed by the NASUWT said they had 'seriously considered' leaving the profession in the last 12 months
- More than 350 teachers in the North East and North Yorkshire left the profession in the first quarter of 2017, the National Union of Teachers estimates
- 22 of 30 headteachers surveyed by SCHOOLS NorthEast said they found recruiting staff 'difficult' in the past year
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87.5% of teachers from the North East who responded to a new survey by teaching union NASUWT said workload was one of their five main concerns. That figure was around double the next biggest issues, of pupil behaviour, pay and school budget cuts.
The regional network SCHOOLS NorthEast said concerns around the quality of applicants were the biggest problem for headteachers struggling with recruitment here.
Last year, it set up a not-for-profit online recruitment portal for schools in the region.
The government insists the teaching workforce continues to grow.