‘Wrong and immoral’ for teachers to seek reduced hours

It is “wrong and immoral” for teachers to ask for their hours to be reduced after taking on full-time jobs, a former government adviser has argued. Tes reports.

Sir Andrew Carter, head of the South Farnham Educational Trust, made the comments at the National Teacher Training and Recruitment Conference in London this morning.

Sir Andrew, who chaired the 2015 review of initial teacher training, also suggested some teachers should adjust their expectations around work-life balance, saying: “Some people have too much work, some people have too much life.”

He said: “If somebody wants a part-time job, it’s wrong and immoral of them to take a full-time job and expect the organisation to [make] it into a part-time activity.”

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  1. Anonymous

    I wonder how many of those who comment on teacher workload, etc have actually taught themselves. I became a teacher in my 30’s after years of working long hours in a charity. In my second year of teaching I was signed off by my doctor for 2 weeks due to exhaustion. I did manage to continue until retirement. I accept that not all teaching jobs are as challenging but, unless you have spent some years teaching yourself, it is easy to fall into the “short hours, long holidays” mentality. The reality is very, very different for the majority of teachers.

  2. Joanne Olsen

    With over half of our school having part time teachers – we think it is a good way to retain great teachers. If we didn’t agree to p/t then those teachers may leave the profession, taking with them all their experience. I would much rather we worked hard on the logistics of having lots of p/t staff, therefore still having those great teachers in front of our students. A teacher is a person with a family first and foremost. Let them do that and they will give your more whilst at work too. I am CoG.

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