Survey finds 50 per cent of teachers are considering quitting

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9th October 2015 13:15 - Education

A recent survey by the National Union of Teachers has revealed that more than half (or 53 per cent) of teachers are considering quitting the Survey finds 50 per cent of teachers are considering quittingprofession within the next two years.

According to the findings, the two main reasons cited for wanting to quit the profession were because of the heavy workload and because they wanted a better work/life balance.

The survey also discovered that 40 per cent were suffering from low morale. According to the survey, morale has decreased over the past 5 years for two in three teachers; however, 10 per cent believed that it has improved.

Of the respondents, 75 per cent believed that existing policies for the school curriculum and pupil assessment were “narrow and uncreative”.

The National Union of Teachers said that the heavy workload is a big problem, with many teachers working 60 hours per week. It also said that the Government must take action on the key problems which drive teachers away from the profession, such as workload, pay and low morale.

The survey also found that there has been a decrease in the amount of support staff and teachers in schools. As well as this, the researchers found that Michael Gove’s introduction of performance related pay has not been received well.

Of the respondents, two in three said that they did not agree with performance related pay because it is not appropriate to marry a teacher’s efforts to student’s results.

Christine Blower, the National Union of Teacher’s General Secretary, said of the findings:

“The Government’s current priorities are both wrong and profoundly out of step with the views of teachers. They are the essential cause of the growing problems with teacher supply.

“This survey demonstrates the combined, negative impact of the accountability agenda on teacher workload and morale. Teachers feel that the Department for Education’s work thus far to tackle workload has been totally inadequate.

“Meanwhile, nearly one million more pupils are coming into the system over the next decade. The Government’s solution so far has been to build free schools, often where there are surplus places and to allow class sizes to grow.”

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