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NFER’s Teacher Labour Market in Wales report aims to analyse the state of the Welsh teacher labour market by measuring the key indicators and trends of teacher recruitment and retention. This is the second report funded by the Nuffield Foundation, tracking changes over time, building on the trends analysed in the 2020 report.

The increase in teacher recruitment and retention in Wales, as a result of the pandemic and related recession, is likely to ease teacher supply challenges over the next two years. However, the emerging evidence from England in 2022 suggests that these trends are unlikely to persist into 2022, implying that the environment for recruiting and retaining teachers after 2022 may be significantly more challenging. This in turn is likely to have implications for the staffing plans for schools in Wales over the next few years.

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