Only 1 in 10 teachers say they have a manageable workload

Only 10% of teachers say that their working hours are manageable – with Ofsted, inadequate funding, and poor school policies to blame.
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A snapshot poll shows that a majority of teachers (72%) have seen increased workloads so far this year, with most working between 50 and 69 hours a week during term-time.

The survey has been carried out by NASUWT and involves 7,000 of its members working in state schools in England.

Ofsted was once again named as the biggest driver of workload – by 60% of the respondents. Teachers also blamed a number of other factors for driving high workload, including:

Ultimately, only 10% of the 7,000 respondents from primary and secondary schools said that their working hours were manageable.

NASUWT has said that it will be “consulting members over the coming weeks” on how to continue its campaign and will ask them about potential industrial action on issues including workload and working hours, but also pay and wellbeing.

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