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…”
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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