‘I am getting out before it kills me’: Two in five teachers plan to quit within five years, union warns

Despite government efforts to tackle the issue, the majority of teachers (56 per cent) say their work-life balance has worsened over the past year, a survey for the National Education Union (NEU) has found. The Independent reports.

Teachers said that funding cuts had led to increased hours and greater responsibilities. One said he no longer has time for autistic pupils in his class after 21 members of support staff were cut.

Helen Reeder, who works in a primary school in Portsmouth, added: “I am suffering from sleep deprivation. The stress has meant some nights I will only have three hours of sleep.”

One member, who works 70 hours a week, told the NEU: “I am getting out before the job kills me.”

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of teachers with just two to five years’ experience intend to leave education in the next five years, according to the survey of more than 8,600 school staff.

Amanda Martin, a teacher and vice president of NEU, said restructures in schools amid funding cuts had increased the workload on staff, as well as accountability pressures.  

She warned: “We are haemorrhaging from every single area of the profession, from leadership to teachers that are 10 years in.”

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: “The government is doing a far better job of driving teachers out of the profession than they are solving the issue of excessive workload.

“Damian Hinds has made many of the right noises about fixing the problem, but he and his predecessors have achieved very little.”

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