The NUT says the scale of teachers’ unpaid overtime is “untenable”, after research showed that they work more extra unpaid hours than any other sector.
The TUC’s research was published to mark ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’, when staff are urged to take a proper lunch break and leave work on time. But with some teachers working almost 13 hours extra per week this seems unlikely to happen.
The TUC’s figures showed that over 37% of all school staff worked unpaid overtime last year and:
- over 61% of primary teachers worked unpaid overtime, averaging almost 13 extra hours a week
- 57.5% of secondary teachers worked unpaid overtime, averaging 12.5 extra hours a week.
Chris Keates from the NASUWT said that the research proves that the idea that teachers finish work at 3.30 is a “myth”, politics.co.uk reports. “These figures show that teachers are being scandalously exploited and their lives blighted by excessive workload, leaving them exhausted and stressed. Urgent action needs to be taken to end this unacceptable situation which is contributing to the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.”
The scale of this unpaid overtime is “untenable”, according to NUT’s Christine Blower. “Much of teachers’ excessive workload is as a result of government education policies and initiatives, including the totally out-of-control accountability systems,” she said. “Working weekends and long into the evenings under such intense scrutiny and pressure is detrimental to the health, family and social life of teachers and is clearly bad for education.”
Thousands of teachers responded to the government’s Workload Challenge and the DfE said they had demonstrated the causes of unnecessary workload. In response, the government has launched a ‘new deal’ and pledged to monitor progress by tracking teacher workload.
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