Teachers ‘have worked long hours for many years’

The University College London study found primary and secondary teachers’ hours have remained “relatively stable” over the past 25 years. The BBC reports.

The researchers say this means reducing teachers’ hours will be difficult and may require “radical action”.

The UCL researchers examined data from more than 40,000 primary and secondary teachers in England who took part in four different surveys between 1992 and 2017.

Their analysis found:

  • primary school teachers work between 47 and 49 hours a week “without any substantial change to this figure”
  • the average hours of secondary school teachers “sits between 46 and 48 hours per week” and has remained “broadly stable”

Lead report author, Professor John Jerrim from UCL’s Institute of Education, said: “Overall, bolder plans are needed by the government to show they are serious about reducing working hours for teachers and bringing them into line with other countries.”

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