Staff Retention in Academies

Staff Retention in Academies

Experiences before, during, and after the lockdowns

Experiences before, during, and after the lockdowns


In the first year of our survey during 2018 and 2019, 39% of staff had considered resigning in the 3 months prior to taking the survey. This proportion reduced significantly during the heavily-disrupted years of 2019/20 and 2020/21, before increasing this year to a level higher than before the pandemic.


Since the launch of the Edurio Staff Experience and Wellbeing survey in 2018, the lives of school and trust staff have changed significantly. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of stress and anxiety, resulting in three national lockdowns in March 2020, November 2020, and January 2021, with schools remaining fully open in the November lockdown. Leaders have supported their schools and trusts through a rapid transition to remote and hybrid learning environments. The pandemic's effects are still evident as some staff and pupils are absent due to COVID-19-related illnesses. In parallel, after Britain left the European Union on 31st January 2020, the labour market changed significantly.

What you will find inside the report

In this report, we aim to shed light on the impact these changes have had on school staff's risk of resignation. By
assessing survey responses from 75,000 school staff over the last four years, we show the shifting risk of resignation and the patterns it takes based on school-level properties (e.g. school phase) and individual properties (e.g. the respondent's role in the school). We also investigate how three drivers of resignation — workload, leadership dynamics, and staff relationships - have varied in the four academic years since 2018.

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