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Modelling the relationships between teacher working conditions, job satisfaction and workplace mobility

Sims, S; (2019) Modelling the relationships between teacher working conditions, job satisfaction and workplace mobility. British Educational Research Journal 10.1002/berj.3578. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Teacher shortages are a recurring problem in publicly funded schools, in part because of poor retention. Working conditions in schools are an important predictor of teacher job satisfaction and retention, yet research has so far made limited headway in identifying the specific aspects of the working environment which matter. This research uses representative data on state secondary school teachers in England in 2013 to derive an unusually rich set of working conditions variables. Regression analysis is used to model the relationships between working conditions, teacher job satisfaction and turnover intentions. The results show strong associations with the nature of school leadership, whether teachers have received training in the specific subjects they are assigned to teach and scope for career progression within the school. These results are robust to checks for common source bias. The study identifies ways in which schools can improve retention.

Type: Article
Title: Modelling the relationships between teacher working conditions, job satisfaction and workplace mobility
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/berj.3578
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3578
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: job satisfaction, retention, teachers, working conditions
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10083681
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