The purpose of this study was to discover what novice teachers required to remain in the classroom. The authors identified four key elements that describe the process of teachers' attrition: entry, early experiences, pre-exit and exit. When the participants entered teaching, they were confident about what they would contribute. However, their early experiences reflected that their progress prevented. The participants were disappointed by leadership and/or veteran colleagues at pre-exit phase of leaving. The authors conclude that the participants enjoyed engaging with ideas and teaching practice during their preservice education. However, they reported that the schools they entered did not foster their growth as teachers or as individuals. They felt that this led to a sense of disillusionment, which led to their decision to leave school.