Half of all teachers in England threaten to quit as morale crashes

Oct 4, 2015 by

Hand written "I Quit" on a greenboard

Shock poll shows 53% of teachers are thinking of leaving the profession in the next two years

More than half of teachers are considering leaving the profession in the next two years, according to a YouGov poll.

With research suggesting that teachers are working anything up to 60 hours a week, a survey published on Sunday offers evidence of plummeting morale among staff. It reveals that 53% of teachers are thinking of quitting in the next couple of years. The top reasons given were “volume of workload” (61%) and “seeking a better work/life balance” (57%).

Morale has fallen in the past five years for two-thirds (67%), the poll of 1,020 teachers found. Roughly one in 10 (9%) feel it has improved. Nearly three-quarters (73%) agreed that current policies for the school curriculum and pupil assessment are narrow and uncreative.

Responding to the findings of the survey, Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, who commissioned the poll, said: “The government’s current priorities are both wrong and profoundly out of step with the views of teachers. They are the essential cause of the growing problems with teacher supply.

Source: Half of all teachers in England threaten to quit as morale crashes | Education | The Guardian

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