NUT says long hours culture is one of the reasons it is balloting members for strike action

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A survey showing teachers work an average is 48.3 hours a week is not news to those working in the profession, says the NUT.

A TES survey released yesterday said 80% of teachers sacrificed a night’s sleep to get through a backlog of work, with  78% of them spending every term time Sunday afternoon or evening preparing lessons.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “Teachers working long hours is no surprise to us. Time and again we see evidence that the teaching profession work more hours than practically any other.

“Excessive workload takes its toll not only on home life but also on teachers’ mental health. A recent YouGov survey, commissioned by the NUT, showed that workload is the issue that would most influence teachers’ decisions to leave the profession, with a massive 71% identifying it as a critical issue.

“Until the high-stakes nature of league tables are removed and teachers are given more trust in the workplace, then working hours are unlikely to reduce. Add to that excessive levels of lesson observation, criticism from Government at every turn, pay freezes and pension cuts, then recruitment into the teaching profession will become increasingly difficult.

“It is against this background that the NUT has decided to ballot members on action to bring about positive change for teachers.”


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