Teacher Workload: 1 in 4 Teachers Working 60 Hours Every Week
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Teacher wellbeing is a massive issue. Healthier teachers lead to a better time for teachers and students alike, but with so much work piling up, achieving a perfect work/life balance seems impossible. Well, it’s not! Mark Mate’s goal is to help you find that perfect balance between work and life!
According to a new study from
Teacher Workload Figures
The report, which was published last week, revealed that teachers work an average of 47 hours a week in term time, eight hours more than teachers in comparable OECD countries. It went on to show that one in four teachers work more than 59 hours a week. While 10 per cent work more than 65 hours per week. Around 40 per cent said they usually work in the evening, and 10 per cent during the weekend. It also showed that these hours – although “high” – had been broadly the same for the last two decades and were “unlikely” to explain declining teacher retention.
The report stated:
We do not find evidence that average working hours have increased. Indeed, we find no notable change in total hours over the last 20 years. No notable change in the incidence of work during evenings and weekends over a
15 year . No notable change in time spent on specific tasks over the last five years. peri o d
How Do We Move Forward?
The report went on to warn that “five years of policy initiatives” aimed at reducing hours have “proven insufficient”. B
The joint general secretary of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, said 60-hour working weeks are “completely unacceptable”. He also
The report did put forward some recommendations on improving the retention crisis. It suggested increasing pay, improving leadership and better working conditions would all aid retention figures.
As far as the split between primary and secondary
What Are Experts Saying?
A spokesperson for the DfE spoke about their efforts to reduce workload due to unnecessary tasks:
We will continue our work within the sector to drive down these burdensome tasks outside the classroom so that teachers are free to do what they do best – teach.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the ASCL didn’t sound as positive when he spoke about the new report:
Various initiatives have been launched to reduce workload in recent years but schools have been swamped by changes to qualifications and testing, relentless pressure on performance and results, and funding cuts which have led to reductions in staffing and larger class sizes.
What do you think? Do working hours have an impact on your wellbeing? Do you agree that teacher workload isn’t one of the causes of the recruitment and retention crisis? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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