Heavier workloads benefit teachers


Teachers are working harder than they were twelve months ago, but their careers have benefited as a result, according to new research by Randstad Education.

In a study of 2,000 British employees working in the public and private sectors, Randstad Education found that 37% of teachers say they cannot work any harder at work during term time – although this is below the national average (43%).

Teachers have seen a significant increase in their workloads over the past twelve months. Almost one-third (31%) say their workload has increased over the past twelve months. However this is below the national average of 40%.

Heavier workloads have brought rewards for high-flying teachers, allowing the most capable ones to progress quicker, develop their skill set rapidly, and gain financial rewards. 27% of teachers say a heavy workload has improved their skill set, 7% say it has helped them secure a promotion, leading to a pay rise.

In total, one-third (33%) of teachers say a heavier workload since the recession has benefited their career.

Jenny Rollinson, managing director of Randstad Education, said: “There is little doubt teachers are working harder than ever. Teachers have taken on increasingly large workloads.

“The heavier workloads thrust upon teachers has created a new breed of ‘super-teacher’, who grafts extremely hard and has flown up the career ladder as a result. Many teachers have benefited from heavier workloads, which has created a strong core of young, highly skilled teachers.

“Compared to other sectors, like social care, teachers have fared reasonably well since the 2008 downturn. The coalition has ring-fenced education spending which has protected the education from the more severe public sector cuts.”

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