Nearly 50% of teachers have considered quitting jobs in past year

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…

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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… 

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Teachers may want to quit but can’t afford to. Teaching becoming a short term career option thanks to DfE/Ofsted reforms

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Emphasis on negativity from DfE and Ofsted can’t be helpful – it doesn’t encourage teachers to try harder, just demoralises

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove As teachers we’re constantly told to encourage pupils to get best out of them; the same doesn’t seem to apply to DfE/Ofsted

  4. PrincesBold

    SchoolsImprove The staff at McDonalds, Tesco, Amazon, Virgin, Apple, BT, to name but a few, probably consider it far more often!

  5. looloobyloo

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I agree Andy! We all need positive encouragement nothing like a big boost to morale to make you feel you can!

  6. kitandrew1

    Bedtonman SchoolsImprove no, but am adamant that my children will not go into teaching, nursing, police, social care.

  7. andylutwyche

    looloobyloo SchoolsImprove It’s a part of basic management that doesn’t seem to have made it past or even to reception at the DfE

  8. kitandrew1

    Bedtonman SchoolsImprove they can do other jobs where they will be satisfied, earn £ & make a difference in other ways.

  9. Ingotian

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Sorry, misread it! From first hand experience, Ofqual and Ofsted are culturally very different.

  10. PeterHutchinso5

    taniaf77 Nothing to do with your tweet, but my mother’s maiden name was Fehrenbach. Her father was called Joseph Augustin. Mean anything?

  11. PeterHutchinso5

    taniaf77 My daughter has done some research. My great grandfather had a bookshop in Fulham, having moved there from Birmingham.

  12. PeterHutchinso5

    taniaf77 The bookshop was stoned at the beginning of WW1 because of its German name. My Mum grew up in Nottingham. She was Mary Fehrenbach.

  13. PeterHutchinso5

    taniaf77 There was a reunion at Nottm Uni a few years ago. The original family emigrated mid 19th century. Some changed their name …

  14. drama_holly

    SchoolsImprove I speak to #dramateachers who are so fed up,under valued, over worked & not respected due to media outbursts about drama!

  15. amirshah316

    taniaf77 SchoolsImprove Teachers/Schools get blamed for nearly everything. Current system is becoming the cheapest childcare in the world!

  16. Ingotian

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Not sure its about intent, more relationships. OFSTED deals more directly with schools, Ofqual with Exam Brds

  17. SianColbourne

    SchoolsImprove with so many teachers suffering stress and wanting to quit surely working conditions should be investigated and changed!!!!!

  18. SianColbourne

    SchoolsImprove teachers can’t effectively deliver a 21st century curriculum with these outdated working hours and conditions.

  19. SianColbourne

    SchoolsImprove No other profession relies on GOOD WILL. All work undertaken by teachers should be within their working hours………..

  20. SianColbourne

    SchoolsImprove Contracts really need amending to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, free weekends and obviously realistic holidays = less stress

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