Discussing the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis, this presentation looks at the well-being initiatives at the personal and institutional level that help to protect teachers against the stressful elements of the profession. Using multiple databases, the systematic literature review investigated causes of burnout and and intentions to move schools or leave teaching altogether. It also found professional activities and system initiatives that not only protect teachers against stress and lower attrition, but aid effectiveness and help teachers flourish. These facilitating factors and barriers to teacher retention were coded, themed and used in a meta-analysis.
The meta-analysis looked at how significant each of the themed personal and institutional factors are in preventing burnout and quitting behaviours. It tested for correlations and attempts to help administrators understand what can be done to keep teachers in the profession, in their schools and in the classroom, doing their best work.