Keeping teachers in teaching with Science Teacher SOS
The Science Teacher SOS initiative began in 2017 when the Association for Science Education (ASE) noticed that a disproportionate number of new and experienced science teachers were leaving the profession. The Science Teacher SOS initiative is based around an online booklet that contains guiding questions, options and links for teachers who are considering leaving science teaching. In addition, there is a set of activities to help teachers assess why they are dissatisfied and suggestions for what changes they could make to help improve their job satisfaction.
The SOS booklet has had over 3,000 downloads so far and we have received positive feedback from the Department for Education and teaching unions. As a result of this the Gatsby Charitable Foundation have funded a further one-year project to evaluate the use and impact of the Science Teacher SOS approach - as a result we are looking for Science Departments to take part in our pilot of the Science Teacher SOS retention Project.