ITV Tyne Tees News reports that school leaders and teaching unions in the region have said that more teachers are leaving due to excessive workload, meaning schools in the area are struggling to recruit good staff – and putting educational standards at risk.
These new statistics have been shared exclusively with ITV News Tyne Tees:
- 69% of teachers in the North East surveyed by the NASUWT said they had ‘seriously considered’ leaving the profession in the last 12 months
- More than 350 teachers in the North East and North Yorkshire left the profession in the first quarter of 2017, the National Union of Teachers estimates
- 22 of 30 headteachers surveyed by SCHOOLS NorthEast said they found recruiting staff ‘difficult’ in the past year.
87.5% of teachers from the North East who responded to a new survey by teaching union NASUWT said workload was one of their five main concerns. That figure was around double the next biggest issues, of pupil behaviour, pay and school budget cuts.
Simon Kennedy, north east regional organiser of the NASUWT said,
“They are doing excessive hours – day in, day out, on weekends and during the holidays – spending time doing work that many report to us has very little impact in the classroom. That is the reason why such a high number of teachers are seriously considering leaving the profession. We’ve got to do something to change that – to attract and retain the best people to teach our children.”
But the government insists the teaching workforce continues to grow. A DoE spokesperson said,
“Teaching remains an attractive, valued profession. The number of teachers entering our classrooms continues to outnumber those who retire or leave and we have 20% more teachers in the classroom today than in 2011.”