Teachers in English-speaking countries – such as New Zealand, Canada, Australia and America – are more satisfied. Only Latvia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic had job satisfaction as low as England, the report finds.
Researchers analysed data from more than 100,000 teachers who had taken part in the most recent Teaching and Learning International Survey – including nearly 2,500 teachers from England.
“Teacher job satisfaction in England is lower than in almost every other country where a robust comparison can be made,” the report concluded.
Dr Sam Sims, who led the research at UCL IoE, called it a “wake up call”. He said: “Research shows teachers become dissatisfied with work if they are not given the freedom to get on with their jobs. But teachers in England have seen a big increase in paperwork and data entry in recent years. Cutting red tape would help restore morale in the profession,” he said.
Teachers were asked four questions measuring whether they enjoyed their work, whether they would recommend their job to others, whether they would like to leave their school, and their level of satisfaction with their working life. These were combined to create a single job satisfaction score.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Unfortunately, this reflects what we know already about the impact on staff morale of excessive workloads, which are driven largely by a relentless series of government reforms and severe accountability measures.”
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