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 a specialist recruiter.

The study by Randstad Education of 2,000 British employees 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.


March 2014

School Leadership Today