Don’t be a teacher, say majority of Scottish teachers

A clear majority of Scottish teachers would not recommend the career to others due to their relentlessly rising workloads, according to research published on Wednesday. iNews reports.

School staff also listed changes to the curriculum, long working hours and poor pay as the main reasons for being unhappy in their jobs, the survey by Scotland’s largest teaching union shows.

Of the 1,000 teachers who responded to the Educational Institute of Scotland, 58 per cent said they would not recommend doing it as a career, a rise of 4 per cent on last year. Holyrood’s opposition parties described the results as “deeply worrying for the future of education” in Scotland, given that many schools are already to fill vacancies in certain subjects.

More than a third of teachers (34 per cent) said their workloads had increased “significantly” over the past academic year, with 72 per cent saying they were dissatisfied with the situation. The vast majority (90 per cent) said they did not have enough time to dedicate to their own professional development as a result, a 5 per cent increase on last year.

Larry Flanagan, the EIS general secretary said that Scotland’s teachers were “overworked, undervalued and underpaid” and called for ministers to commit to a significant pay rise to reward their efforts.

The EIS has called for a 10 per cent rise across the board, arguing that school staff had seen their pay packets fall by a fifth over the past decade. Negotiations between ministers, unions and councils are ongoing, with both the EIS and the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association threatening strikes if they deem the offer unacceptable.

In an attempt to plug the gaps in Scotland’s classrooms, a bursary scheme has been launched offering cash payments of £20,000 to people who leave their current careers to teach key subjects. The bursaries are designed to tempt graduates with degrees in the crucial STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths into teaching.

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