The BBC is reporting a new survey suggesting more than half of teachers in England (53%) are thinking of quitting in the next two years.
The survey, conducted by the National Union of Teachers, found 61% of those wanting to leave blamed workload and 57% desired a better work/life balance.
Two thirds of the 1,020 primary and secondary school teachers questioned felt morale in the profession had declined over the past five years…
The survey, undertaken with a representative sample of teachers, also suggested many were unhappy with some of the government’s plans.
- 76% said forcing schools that require improvement to become academies would damage education
- 62% said the plans for 500 new free schools would also damage education
- 54% were not confident the new baseline test for four-year-olds would provide valid information about a child’s ability
General secretary of the NUT, Christine Blower, said: “This survey demonstrates the combined, negative impact of the accountability agenda on teacher workload and morale.
“Teachers feel that the Department for Education’s work thus far to tackle workload has been totally inadequate.
“Meanwhile, nearly one million more pupils are coming into the system over the next decade. The government’s solution so far has been to build free schools, often where there are surplus places, and to allow class sizes to grow.
“Add to this a situation where teachers are leaving in droves and teacher recruitment remains low. We now have a perfect storm of crisis upon crisis in the schools system…”
These seem very worrying figures but as I have said many times on this site, surveys asking if things are worse now than before are not very reliable, especially when those taking the survey are aware of the bigger agenda behind the questions.
Much better would be a regular, repeating survey asking people how they feel now with the results compared from year to year.
Things don’t look great though do they?
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