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NUT: Teachers work more hours than practically any other profession

Commenting on the TES survey of teachers’ working hours, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“This survey will come as no surprise to teachers. Time and again we see evidence that the teaching profession work more hours than practically any other.

“Excessive workload takes its toll not only on home life but also on teachers’ mental health. A recent YouGov survey, commissioned by the NUT, showed that workload is the issue that would most influence teachers’ decisions to leave the profession, with a massive 71% identifying it as a critical issue.

“Until the high-stakes nature of league tables are removed and teachers are given more trust in the workplace, then working hours are unlikely to reduce. Add to that excessive levels of lesson observation, criticism from Government at every turn, pay freezes and pension cuts, then recruitment into the teaching profession will become increasingly difficult.

“It is against this background that the NUT has decided to ballot members on action to bring about positive change for teachers.”

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