School’s out for Harris academy teachers in turnover that ‘should ring alarm bells’

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One of England’s largest and most successful academy chains is seeing hundreds of teachers leave its schools each year, to be replaced by new staff, Education Guardian can reveal.

More than 1,000 teachers have left schools in the Harris Federation over the past three academic years, according to a freedom of information request provided to Bridget Chapman, chair of the Anti Academies Alliance.

The data shows 465 teachers leaving Harris schools in 2014-15, 422 in 2013-14 and 375 in 2012-13.

Precise calculations as to what proportion of Harris teachers leave each year are difficult. Cross-checking with Department for Education statistics on the number of teachers in each school suggests the figure could be as high as 30%, though this is disputed by Harris. Latest DfE data records that Harris schools employed 1,116 teachers as of 2013-14.

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