Workload may force teachers to quit schools

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THE majority of teachers have considered leaving the profession in the last six months, a survey has found.

Three-quarters (76 per cent) said the workload gave them doubts, with a quarter (24 per cent) saying they thought about packing it in because they dislike the culture of schools.

Three in 10 (29 per cent) said they do not feel they get enough support while 27% said poor pupil behaviour was putting them off.

Being unhappy with the quality of leadership and management (43 per cent) and insufficient pay (43 per cent) were also heavily cited as reasons.

The poll of both primary and secondary school teachers found 59 per cent had thought about quitting, with much-needed science teachers among those most likely to have considered doing so (67 per cent).

Only art and drama teachers were more likely (75 per cent and 69 per cent respectively), but these were far less statistically significant as only a handful of teachers questioned did these subjects.

The findings are based on a YouGov survey of more than 1,000 current teachers in England, focus groups and interviews.

Teachers said they primarily stay in teaching when they feel they are having an impact, with 92 per cent saying the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives was an important motivation.

The report commissioned by education company Pearson UK and think tank LKMco also identified four overlapping teacher types, which it said could help policy makers, educationalists and school leaders better understand the school workforce.

These are practitioners – teachers who are particularly motivated by a love of their subject and a desire to teach children, and make up around a fifth of teachers.

Around a third are idealists who want to make a difference to society, while moderates make up a quarter of the profession.