The Independent is reporting a survey suggesting that almost half the nation’s teachers have considered quitting the profession during the past year because of increased stress and cuts in pay and pensions…
The survey of 501 teachers by independent pollsters ComRes for the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, showed 47 per cent had thought about giving up teaching – while 52 per cent had wanted to quit their present job.
The teachers’ biggest concern was increased workload – cited by 79 per cent, followed by pay cuts and increased pensions contributions, government reforms to the curriculum and school inspections.
It found that 50 per cent of teachers had been forced to cut back on buying food and essential household items as a result of public sector pay curbs and increased pension contributions.
Nearly a third – 30 per cent – report having to rely increasingly on credit and overdrafts.
“The majority of teachers are not able to save or are cutting back on basic day-to-day needs,” the survey concludes.
“Excessive workload also has an effect on teachers’ wellbeing. In fact, the majority of teachers say they feel stressed, and/or anxious about their job. This is especially the case among teachers working in publicly funded schools.
“Teachers also consider pressure on their performance and disregard of their professional opinion to be other barriers to performing their job to the best of their ability.”
The good news, though, is that only three per cent of teachers feel bored with their job and just over two-thirds (68 per cent) said they enjoyed their work – while 91 per cent say they still get a buzz from seeing their pupils learn and progress…
The poll also revealed that one in seven (14 per cent) said they had been physically threatened by a pupil in the last year – while eight per cent said they had suffered an assault. In addition, 44 per cent reported verbal abuse from pupils and 24 per cent verbal abuse from parents – although 85 per cent did not think it was hard to keep their pupils disciplined…
It would be interesting to know if this is a regular survey and look at the trends as it’s hard to understand much from one snapshot. ‘Considered quitting’ isn’t really very enlightening as it easy to imagine the figures would be pretty high in any profession. Overall though teachers seem to come out as a very resilient bunch with over two-thirds enjoying their work – but maybe the 9% who no longer get a buzz from seeing their pupils learn and progress really should be doing something else? Please give us your response to these figures in the comments, on twitter and by taking part in our poll…[yop_poll id=”60″]