How hard do teachers really work?

Mr Melaney

Well, pay and workload has hit the headlines once again as the NUT has voted for further strikes in June. I’ve been saying for a long time that strikes are ridiculous, and that view is not going to change, justified by the fact that all of the previous strikes done have clearly achieved absolutely nothing apart from causing a nuisance to children, parents, and our own reputation as professionals.

Teachers’ unions have warned about excessive workloads and complained about staff being put under too much pressure since the new government has come in. The long working week has been one of the grievances prompting teachers to go on strike over and over. But today’s post is going to look at whether these claims can be justified or not.

We’re quite unusual in many ways because we actually keep an official record of hours worked. The Department for Education runs an…

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