Naughty kids are ‘significant’ factor in teachers quitting, schools minister warns

NAILING children are causing teachers to quit, the school minister said yesterday.

Nick Gibb warned that class clowns are a “significant” factor worsening job retention and recruitment.

Last year, a whopping 44,000 teachers left their jobs in the UK


Last year, a whopping 44,000 teachers left their jobs in the UKPhoto credit: Getty

A full 44,000 teachers – 9.7 percent – left the school last year, recording the highest drop-out rate since 2017.

Mr Gibb told MPs: “We are monitoring these issues and all of our marketing is designed to target a wide range of potential candidates – male, female, of diverse ethnic backgrounds – to ensure we don’t miss a specific demographic.”

He added: “We also focus a lot on behavior.

“One of the main reasons people are discouraged from going to class – and one of the main reasons they might be – is workload, but behavior in schools is another important factor.”

“That’s why we invest a lot of effort in our behavior centers and spread best practices to improve behavior in schools too. It will also help retain teachers, both male and female.”

Teachers are leaving the classroom in droves looking for better options.

Jessica Gilbert suffered from burnout after spending five years in the classroom with little free time.

She often spent her evenings and weekends preparing classes, even having to resort to her personal funds to buy resources for the children.

“I could never break away from it,” she told the BBC.

Gilbert explained that she had “no idea” about tech jobs until she saw an ad on Instagram for a free eight-week coding course from Code First Girls.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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