Webinar title: How do personality traits affect teacher trainee retention?

 Date and time: Tuesday 9 February, 16:00 – 17:00 UK time.

In caring professions, such as teaching and healthcare, personality traits influence the ways in which people cope with demands and find fulfilment in their work. Against the backdrop of an international crisis in early career teacher retention, this webinar explores the value of using of an online personality assessment tool ­– the Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ) – to inform pastoral care and mentoring activities for these COVID-19 times and beyond.

We will present findings from a study looking at retention and withdrawal in primary school teacher trainees with Suffolk and Norfolk School Centred Initial Teacher Training, showing which personality traits were identified as protective and risk factors for retention. We will discuss how focusing on the personality traits used in CPSQ’s behavioural competency reporting has helped tutors, mentors and trainees prioritise emotional and psychological demands of joining the profession, and how using the CPSQ reports has opened up critical discussions with a shared and non-judgemental language.

An article based on these research findings will be included in Impact vol 11, the Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching (UK), published on 3 February 2021.


Alison Fox, Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning, Open University

Anna Richards, Executive Leader at Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT

Lyn Dale, Assessment Psychologist, Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing

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  1. Katherine Wood on February 11, 2021 at 10:31 am

    I missed this and it sounds great – is there a recording of it at all? Thanks

  2. Richard Palmer on February 12, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    This was useful. Are the resources freely available to those who attended?

    • Jayne Hoskins on September 6, 2021 at 8:15 am

      We are sharing information on this event and not hosting it ourselves, please contact Lyn Dale, Assessment Psychologist, Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing admissionstesting@cambridgeassessment.org.uk

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