‘Teachers spend more time proving they can teacher than teaching’, union warns

A study found more than half of teachers were thinking of quitting
A study found more than half of teachers were thinking of quitting
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Teachers across Blackpool and the Fylde coast ‘spend more time proving they are teaching than actually doing it’, a unionist has warned.

The north west regional secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) spoke out after a survey revealed more than half of teachers were considering quitting in the next two years.

The two main reasons given were excessive workloads and the desire for a better work/life balance.

Avis Gilmore said: “Our members in Lancashire have raised the most concerns about the workload they have got, but also the fact their workload is often nothing to do with teaching.

“It’s work that is pure bureaucracy and they spend more time proving they teach than actually teaching, and it’s down to the vicious Ofsted regime.”

An NUT survey found 39 per cent of teachers said they suffered low morale, while 53 per cent were thinking about leaving the profession entirely.

Some 73 per cent said they believe current policies for the school curriculum and the way pupils are assessed are ‘narrow and uncreative’.

The union also said teachers are working up to 60 hours a week and called on the government to take action on the three main issues of workload, pay, and low morale.

Avis said: “The government really needs to sit back and, instead of pushing education money into forming academies and free schools, sit down and talk with teachers because they are getting it wrong.”

Some 76 per cent of around 1,000 teachers responding to the YouGov survey also said the enforced academisation of failing schools will ‘damage’ education.

A consultation is currently underway to see Blackpool’s final secondary school under local authority control, Highfield Humanities College, turned into an academy.