In response to the National Education Union's 'State of Education: The Profession' survey showing that:
44% of England’s state-school teachers plan to quit by 2027. Half of those (22%) intend to leave within two years and that schools are struggling to fill vacant posts, leading to a doubling up of roles. 73% of teachers say this has worsened since the start of the pandemic. Over half (52%) of teachers say their workload is either ‘unmanageable’ or ‘unmanageable most of the time’, up from 35% in 2021.
Paul Whiteman, General Secretary at NAHT, said: “This survey is demonstrative of the damage that is being done to the teaching profession. Faced with long working hours, unmanageable workloads and real-terms pay cuts, a worrying number of teachers and leaders are now seriously considering leaving the profession. We are genuinely concerned about a post-pandemic exodus at a time when we need as many great teachers and leaders as possible to help pupils recover from the impact of the disruption of the last two years. The government must make the changes necessary to ensure a workforce that can deliver the best education for all. This should be the focus of all our attention, not the distraction of new structures. It's not rocket science: pay people properly and treat them well.”
The full NEU 'State of Education: The Profession survey can be accessed here: State of Education: The Profession | NEU
First published 11 April 2022