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Qualified teachers 'leaving school'

Published: Thursday, 27 December 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

There are 250,000 qualified teachers in the UK that are not working in schools, according to the Conservative Party.

Figures highlighted by the party have revealed that nearly 100,000 people switched from teaching careers between 2000 and 2005, which is double the amount in the five years before that.

Michael Gove, shadow schools secretary, said: "Not only are our children not achieving as they should, talented teachers are not where they should be - in the classroom, opening young minds to new horizons.

He added that as there are more than a quarter of a million professionals no longer in teaching, "we have to ask why they've given up on education under Labour".

The research also showed that in 2005 almost 8,000 people qualified as teachers but did not go on to teach, which was significantly higher than the 2,000 people in 2000 that did the same.

Earlier this month a report by the Royal Society showed that there was a shortage in maths and science teachers.

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