ITV is reporting that the largest teachers’ union in Jersey says the findings of a new survey is “deeply troubling”, after it found nearly 40% of teachers in state schools are not in good health.
According to The Jersey Teachers’ Survey, 37% of teachers in non-fee paying schools were not in good health.
NASUWT says they are concerned that health standards are “far below the levels of good health reported by Jersey’s adult population as a whole.”
Chris Keates, the general secretary of NASUWT says: “Like all working people, the employment conditions of teachers and school leaders should serve to enhance, not undermine, the provision of high quality education, as well as the quality of their working lives.”
“The good health and wellbeing of teachers and school leaders is critical to ensuring that the workforce can continue to help every child and young person reach their full educational potential.”
The survey, conducted by the States, is the first ever island-wide survey of teachers in Jersey.
According to NASUWT, the Education Department has committed to work with unions to act on the findings and improve the working conditions of teachers.
Do you agree with this survey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on twitter.
Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or just someone who cares about education and has something to get off your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.
We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!