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Teacher numbers surged during the pandemic. Government must now keep hold of them  

A temporary boost in recruits has caused the Department for Education to slash its financial incentives for trainee teachers. This complacency could diminish trust—and impact retention rates

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Schools have had a turbulent year. At short notice last April, they began providing remote lessons, and they have since endured the government’s indecision over covid testing, school reopening, and exam arrangements.  

Teachers have spent their holidays drawing up risk assessments, rearranging classrooms, and debating how to reliably provide their students with grades that could decide a place at university. It is no surprise that, in a recent poll, 70 per cent of teachers reported that their workload had increased in the past year, and almost all were concerned about the effect on their wellbeing. 

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