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Education Endowment Foundation: new initiatives to improve teacher education

7 March 2019

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has launched three new initiatives focused on improving teacher retention – including a large trial looking at the effectiveness of different teaching training routes.

Teacher recruitment and retention, particularly in the most disadvantaged schools and areas, is one of the most critical issues facing the English education system. Government targets for teacher recruitment have been missed for six consecutive years, and a third of new teachers leave within the first five years of joining the profession. Finding effective ways to train and keep teachers is key to tackling the challenge. These new studies will provide schools and government with much needed evidence in this area.