Teaching is constantly evolving, but what does the future hold for the profession? There are, of course, big challenges: workload being the biggest. “Right now there is greater scrutiny and accountability on teachers than there has ever been, causing such high workloads,” says James Zuccollo, director at the Education Policy Institute. “We found 20% of teachers saying they work 60 hours or more in a week. And that’s marking and admin, not teaching.” The Guardian reports
But things are changing. Earlier this year, secretary of state for education Damien Hinds unveiled a new strategy to not just recruit more teachers but, crucially, retain them.
Prof Kevin Mattinson, professor of teacher education at Birmingham City University, said “There is a hope that the new Ofsted inspection framework – with a greater focus on preparing the whole person – may encourage a better balance in schools,” he says. “Teachers may feel more empowered and that in turn might impact upon retention.”
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