Commenting on the Working Lives of Teachers and Leaders report, Helen Osgood, Community’s National Officer for Education & Early Years, said:
It is disappointing that the Government has taken so long to publish its long long-awaited report on the Working Lives of Teachers and Leaders. This report makes a difficult read as it reveals the dire situation our education workforce faces.
This report describes the devastating impact that the long-hours culture has on staff, with many teachers suffering from stress and burnout.
Consequently, one out of four teachers and leaders reported that they were considering leaving the state school sector in the next year. 90% of those who wish to leave cite workload as their main reason for departing.
Excess workload is a very serious health and safety issue and we are concerned that without urgent action many more education staff might suffer.
Moreover, this report shows how a predominately female workforce is too often being overworked and underpaid. This situation is completely unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue.
Community Education and Early Years section is calling on the Government to take urgent action to address the issues highlighted in this report and ensure our classrooms are a safe place for pupils and educators alike.
Community’s STRB submission of March 2023 can be found here.
Community is the union for education and early years professionals, representing teachers, headteachers, education, school support staff and early years staff.