• 90% of teachers feel their jobs have got harder in the last year
• Over 40% teachers have been verbally abused in school
• More than half of teachers would not recommend teaching as a career to family members or friends.
More than 90% of teachers believe their job has been made harder in the past twelve months, whilst nearly 80% are either unsure or would definitely not recommend teaching as a career to family members or friends.
These are two of the headline findings from the latest "Barometer of the Teaching Industry" conducted by education recruitment specialist TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool).
Of the teachers surveyed by TLTP Education, 91% said they felt their job had been made harder; only 2% felt that it had got easier. Of those who said it had been made harder, 72% attributed it to excessive paperwork, 63% to too many changes in policy, 25% to a lack of resources and 21% to worsening student behaviour.
Keeping up with workload was cited as the biggest challenge facing teachers by 82% of respondents with 60% pointed to 'unsympathetic government policies'. Also mentioned were student behaviour (26%), under-resourcing (24%), lack of parental support (22%) and less job security (19%).
When asked what changes would make their jobs easier, three quarters argued for less administration and more focus on actual teaching. Over half (54%) cited the need for greater consistency in the curriculum and 51% mentioned less stress. Better resources, more training and improved student behaviour were also mentioned.
Of those questioned 56% said that they would not recommend teaching as a career to family members or friends, compared to 42% who said they would.
On the issues of intimidation and abuse, 41% of teachers said that they had been verbally abused in school during the last academic year and a further 24% said they knew a colleague who had been. However, in a glimmer of good news two thirds of teachers said they had not experienced physical abuse. 8% said they had been physically attacked whilst a quarter claimed they knew a colleague who had been.
"Our latest Barometer of the Teaching Industry shows a profession still in a state of some unease," explains TLTP managing director Darryl Mydat.
"Uncertainty around resource levels and increased workload is creating unhelpful levels of stress in the profession which are being compounded by threats on a number of fronts from within the classroom environment. This matches our experience as a recruiter of seeing experienced teachers leaving management positions because of this combination of factors and being replaced by less experienced teachers."
TLTP Education (The London Teaching Pool Ltd) are education specialists with more than 60 years' recruitment experience, having placed more than 5000 candidates in schools over the last ten years. And, as experts in the special needs sector, TLTP can also provide psychologists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists for school environments. TLTP Education is also the sponsor of the Pride In Teaching Campaign.
Further information available at www.tltp.co.uk and on Twitter @TLTP or @prideinteaching.