PACEY and Voice Early Years Teacher research


PACEY and Voice the Union are calling on Early Years Teachers, Early Years Initial Teacher Training leaders and students to take part in a survey for a joint research project.

PACEY and Voice are conducting joint research into why Early Years Teachers are leaving the sector, amid concerns that courses are closing, and that fewer students are choosing early years teaching as a career.

The aim of the study is to better understand how many graduate-level teachers are leaving the workforce and why, and consider how this trend can be reversed.

The research is in response to growing concerns that a rising number of Early Years Teachers (EYTs) are leaving the early years sector without being replaced by new graduates.

PACEY and Voice will spend two months gathering evidence from Early Years Teachers, Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) course leaders, and former EYITT students on a range of issues, including:

  • barriers to recruitment and retention of Early Years Teachers;
  • availability of graduate-level early years teaching courses and different routes;
  • career aspirations and prospects of graduate early years students;
  • career pathways of qualified Early Years Teachers;
  • ways to improve graduate early years qualifications.

To inform the research, they are calling on EYTs, EYITT course leaders and students to take part in a survey.

Findings from the study will be used to build a formal set of policy recommendations that PACEY and Voice will put forward for the Government’s workforce strategy.

  • Consultation closes 15 January.
  • To take part click here

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