90% of 'Transition to Teach' trainees likely to stay in profession

Data revealed by Transition to Teach shows that 90% of newly qualified teachers still see themselves in the teaching profession five years from now.

The Department for Education (DfE) funded Transition to Teach programme, delivered by Cognition Education, reached its successful conclusion in August 2023, after recruiting and mentoring 338 teachers through initial teacher training, qualified teacher status and early employment.  

Transition to Teach worked with over 80 School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers during the project’s three year duration, benefiting the learning of 57,570 pupils.  

An average of almost 90% of newly qualified teachers who successfully completed the Transition to Teach programme gained employment as teachers. Ninety per cent said they were likely to remain in the teaching profession five years from now.  

The Transition to Teach programme was set up to support eligible career changers into teaching, including those who had taken early retirement or had been made redundant.  

338 career changers were recruited to the Transition to Teach programme, each with an average of 12 years of work history and associated transferable skills. 

The Transition to Teach programme has been led by Cognition Education whose national and international projects have impacted almost 1 million students worldwide. In the UK, Cognition Education delivers the DfE National Tutoring Programme from its new UK office in Manchester city centre. The programme provides tuition for those whose education has been most impacted by the pandemic through Academic Mentors.

Tracey Newman, Managing Director, UK said: “We’re incredibly proud of what the Transition to Teach programme has achieved, supporting career changers into teaching and on an ongoing basis, giving trainees the tools they need for a long term career in teaching.  

“It’s an exciting time for Cognition Education as we continue as a delivery partner for the National Tutoring Programme and for Cognition Learning Group as we commence with the £4.2 million Teacher Mentoring Programme, delivering on the DfE’s commitment to providing effective support for new teachers through effective mentoring. As a Group, our focus is on growth in the UK market for education and digital learning.”