Exclusive: Third of teachers lost a week of Easter break to the job

TES is reporting that almost a third of teachers spent at least a working week of their Easter “break” on their jobs, a snap poll has suggested.

The survey by Tes shows that 30 per cent of those polled spent between five and nine days doing their job over the holidays. And another 2 per cent worked at least 10 days of the holiday.

One teacher warned: “It is a necessity if I’m to cope the next term. There is just no hope of getting all my marking and planning done in the term.”

Marking and planning was by far the most common reason given – by 52 per cent of the respondents, followed by administration (21 per cent) and GCSE revision (12 per cent).

The findings come amid rising concern about teacher workload.

Last month, the NASUWT teaching union general secretary Chris Keates said government recommendations to tackle workload needed to be given “some statutory force”.

Many teachers responding to the survey this week told Tes they had felt compelled to work during the holidays.

Another said: “It is becoming the norm. [There are] not enough hours in the week to meet expectations.”

The snap poll has received 331 responses over the past week.

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