Workload and funding are teachers’ top priorities as term begins, says NASUWT research

The TES is reporting that a reduction in workloads and the provision of “adequate” school funding are teachers’ top priorities as they return for the new school year, according to research commissioned by NASUWT.

In the survey of 901 teachers, carried out by ComRes, 51 per cent picked the reduction of teachers’ workloads as one of the government’s top priorities. The same proportion picked adequate funding for all schools.

The survey asked teachers to choose their top priorities for the government from a list of 10 options. 

The most popular choices also included reforming the inspection and accountability regime, narrowing attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and ensuring all teachers were qualified. Each of those options was chosen by 33 per cent of respondents.

Twenty-eight per cent said the government should prioritise increasing teachers’ pay and 27 per cent said tackling poor discipline was a priority.

At the bottom of the list came improving teachers’ pensions, picked by 14 per cent, and creating a College of Teaching, chosen by nine per cent…

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “…This year teachers will be looking for tangible action to reduce workload, rather than the government continuing to seek to mask its own culpability by continuing to offer nothing more than fine words and sympathy from the secretary of state…” 

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I can’t find any details of the research on the NASUWT website but this article says  respondents had to rank a series of ten options for government priorities (although I can only see reference to nine above) – are you surprised by any of the outcomes in terms of order/level of support?

It is interesting that improving teachers’  workload was chosen as a significantly higher priority than increasing teachers’ pay – is this something you would agree with?

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If you could improve one - but only one - would you choose teachers' pay or teachers' workload?


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  1. Well said, NASUWT.  I’ve just sent this letter to The Observer in response to an editorial.  

    your welcome editorial headed “Teacher shortage risks our children’s futures”
    you suggest “government needs to do more to boost retention”.  Contrariwise I suggest that government needs
    to do less – in order to reduce resignation. 
    You note that one in ten teachers left the profession last year.  Why? 
    Government pressures!
    expectations of lesson planning, long hours of evening paperwork, a restrictive
    national curriculum, testing of pupils on an industrial scale, imposition of
    arbitrary floor standards for school achievement, gruelling inspections that
    criticise rather than support school work, performance-related-pay where
    performance cannot be judged fairly, league tables that put schools into
    competition rather than collaboration, and the bizarre uncertainties of
    academisation with local authorities replaced by cross-country academy chains,
    all contribute to the disillusionment of classroom teachers, the fears of head
    teachers that they may lose their jobs, and explain why there is a shortage of
    should recognise that the professionalism of trained teachers, their commitment
    to their pupils, and their joy in successful teaching are such that “strong
    accountability”, as endorsed in your editorial, is not only unnecessary but is
    counterproductive.  Local governing
    bodies, informed by visits to classes, receiving regular head teachers’
    reports, in touch with parents, and able to call in local authority
    inspectors/advisers when necessary, provide appropriate accountability.
    Act of Parliament to free schools from the controls listed above would end
    teacher exodus and, to return to your editorial, enhance “our children’s

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