New teachers ‘unrewarded’ for working extra day a week

TES is reporting that newly qualified teachers work, on average, nine hours more per week compared to graduates in other professions – and two-thirds say their hard work is “unrewarded”, according to a new study.

Researchers at UCL Institute of Education, which carried out the study, say young teachers are feeling “undervalued” and that headteachers need to make greater efforts to show them “the job is highly valued and sincerely appreciated”.

Teachers were asked questions about their wellbeing, health, working and social lives as well as whether they believed that hard work in Britain is rewarded as part of the study.

Only around 30 per cent of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that hard work was rewarded, compared with around 40 per cent of health workers and lower managerial workers, and 45 per cent of all graduates, and more than half of all office workers.

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  1. Judith Wilson

    I think it needs pointing out that this is not a new ‘thing’, nor is it restricted to teachers. When managing a college Learning Resources Centre twenty years ago, I frequently took work home to do in my own, unpaid, time and the thanks I got for it…redundancy. My efforts were greatly appreciated by individual members of staff but SMT couldn’t have cared less. Spare a thought also for teaching assistants who, very often, are highly qualified in their own right, but who have been vastly underappreciated and underpaid for at least the past fifteen years despite taking on more and more responsible duties. Teaching is not an easy job but it is an extremely satisfying one if you are up to it in the first place. Any new teacher must accept that extra hours are bound to be involved and that they will probably be exhausted beyond belief after a physically and mentally draining ‘normal’ day’s work, let alone an extended day. If they cannot accept these conditions then perhaps this vocation is not for them.

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