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College teachers are quitting in droves after being whacked by a massive pay cut.

The real terms wages of further education lecturers in England fell by 18% between 2010 and 2022, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

This compares to a 13% drop for school teachers.

The large fall in salaries is making worse the staffing crisis in institutions that teach vocational courses such as childcare.

Almost a quarter of college teachers leave the profession within a year and around half quit within three years of starting.

The new analysis on pay covers 50,000 college teachers in further education colleges in England, which does not include teachers in sixth forms.

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