The TES is reporting that almost half of teachers expect to spend two weeks or more on school work during the summer break, according to an exclusive YouGov poll for TES.
As schools break up this week, the survey reveals that 44 per cent of teachers will spend at least 10 days – the equivalent of two working weeks, a third of their summer holiday – on school-related work.
And new teachers will give up even more of their break. A third (33 per cent) of those in their first year of teaching expect to work for at least three weeks this summer, compared with 23 per cent of all teachers.
Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the NUT teaching union, said: “I think [teachers’ summer workload] is increasing year-on-year as the accountability is cranking up. It has never been as many hours as now.”
He said the heavy workload for new teachers over the summer was “such a poor introduction to the profession”, adding: “It’s no wonder that there are so many that leave the profession so early.”
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, added: “Given that we know there are serious issues about teachers’ health, particularly their mental health, the fact that there’s now this intensity during what should be the break to refresh and renew is extremely worrying.”
How long do you expect to spend working during the summer break? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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