WORKLOAD IS A MAJOR BARRIER TO TEACHING AS A CAREER, SAY TEACHERS

Workload is the biggest barrier to young teachers making the profession their career, a conference organised by the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, has heard.
Young teachers aged 30 and under gathered in Birmingham today (Saturday) for the NASUWT’s Young Teachers’ Consultation Conference to take part in professional development workshops and receive support and advice.
A real-time electronic poll of members attending the Conference found that:

  • More than four in ten (43%) teachers say workload gets in the way of teaching being considered a career for life;
  • One in ten teachers (12%) say they will be leaving teaching within one year;
  • Less than a quarter (21%) say they would recommend teaching as a career to family or friends;

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“It was clear that the young teachers at the conference are absolutely and fully committed to being great teachers and to serving the children and young people they teach.
“However, it is deeply worrying that many do not feel confident of being able to remain in teaching in the longer term and would not recommend a career in teaching to others.
“Spiralling workloads, unsustainable working hours and worsening pay and conditions of service are the main factors impacting on young teachers’ morale and job satisfaction.
“The deepening recruitment and retention crisis gripping our schools will not be solved unless Government acts on the concerns of young teachers.”

NASUWT COMMENTS ON OFQUAL PROPOSALS ON COMPUTER SCIENCE

Commenting on the announcement by Ofqual around issues related to GCSE Computer Science, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT recognises that Ofqual has a critical responsibility to establish and maintain public and professional confidence in the qualification system. To this end it is appropriate for Ofqual to investigate and report on aspects of this system when questions about its integrity have arisen.

“Further, it is clear that Ofqual has a duty to ensure that timely and effective action is taken, when necessary, to address any concerns that may arise from these investigations.

“The NASUWT understands why Ofqual has felt it necessary to investigate whether action need to be taken in relation to non-examined assessments in GCSE Computer Science.

“Many of the issues raised today relate to the rushed and poorly thought-through qualifications reform process implemented by the Department for Education.

“The NASUWT warned at the time that the GCSE reform process was taking unacceptable risks with the qualifications system. It therefore remains a matter of profound regret that these warning were not heeded by Ministers.”