Explaining teacher attrition at secondary school level

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference contribution (without a publication)Academic


Teacher attrition has been a worldwide problem for decades. Research and interventions on the government (macro) and individual (micro) level did not lead to the desired improvements. The school (meso) level is worth further investigating, being the level that directly influences the individual and can be influenced by school administrations. In a systematic review study, factors at school level, dispositional variables and demographic characteristics related to teacher attrition at secondary school level were identified. Leadership, student discipline and collaboration with colleagues were the most important factors at school level; teacher efficacy, work pressure and autonomy were important dispositional variables; and years of experience, teaching/school level and school size stood out as important demographic characteristics. In order to validate the constructed conceptual model, systematic and empirical research is needed. In the current study, we develop and validate a questionnaire that cover the findings of the review study. Secondary teachers of approximately 25 schools in the Netherlands will complete the questionnaire, resulting in generated data to empirically validate the conceptual model. These insights provide input for the upcoming design of a practical instrument that can be used to predict or prevent teacher attrition.
PeriodNov 2022
Event titleEuropean Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning
Event typeConference
LocationNijmegen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Teacher attrition
  • Secondary School
  • review study