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NASUWT: Excessive workload is driven by the government's contempt for the workforce

Commenting on the TES survey on teachers' workload, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union said:

"This confirms the extensive research the NASUWT has done on this issue over the last two years.

"In a recent NASUWT survey, to which over 16,000 teachers responded, excessive workload was their number one concern.

"This was one of the key reasons for the NASUWT balloting its members for the industrial action in which they are currently engaged.

"A major contributory factor to excessive workload is the Coalition Government's contemptuous disregard for the adverse impact its policies have on the workforce.

"Teachers always strive to do the best for the children and young people they teach but their efforts are seriously impeded if they are overworked, tired and demoralised.

"Teachers' working conditions are inextricably linked to raising standards. Children and young people are entitled to be taught by those who are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and have working conditions which enable them to focus effectively on teaching and learning. The Coalition Government ignores this fact at its peril."


Notes to editors

The NASUWT conducted a successful ballot of members in November 2011.

Since 1 December members have been taking action short of strike action

Details of the NASUWT's campaign and industrial action instructions can be found on www.nasuwt.org.uk/IndustrialAction

Ben Padley,

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