Many teachers ‘working 60-hour week’

The BBC is reporting that many teachers in England are working 60-hour weeks, according to the Education Policy Initiative, with most full-time teachers working an average of 48.2 hours a week.

The report, based on data collected in the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey between 2012 and 2014 – which compares the practices of teachers in secondary schools in 36 jurisdictions – finds teachers in England work longer hours than their counterparts in all but two of these states.

This extra time, however, does not equate to increased teaching time, rather it is spent marking work and carrying out administrative tasks.

Conversely, the survey found England’s teachers near the bottom of the international table for continuing professional development.

Workload was found to be a significant barrier to accessing this up-to-date training on the latest teaching methods and material.

The report found despite working longer hours early on in their careers, new teachers could expect to earn a wage 16% lower than the OECD average.

EPI said its findings raised concerns not only for professional development and teaching quality, but also for the wellbeing of teachers themselves.

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  1. pip_warren

    SchoolsImprove Years ago I completed a weekly time sheet for the NUT and gave it to school’s headteacher. Until I found no time to do it.

  2. This problem will never be solved until the need for adequate non-contact time is recognised.  Nick Gibb, for example, want to employ ‘Shanghai’ methods in England.  But he omits the crucial one which found Shanghai teachers had a large amount of non-contact time for assessment and planning.
    It’s likely to worsen as low funding bites: teachers on zero contracts, perhaps, paid only for when they’re in the classroom.

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