Teachers losing sleep for extra school work
Employment Law & HR update 25/06/2012
A new survey of teachers’ working habits has shown that
four-fifths of them have foregone a night’s sleep during the last
six months in order to finish schoolwork.
The survey, carried out by TES Connect, showed that many
teachers are eating into their free time on weekends and in the
evenings with marking and lesson preparation. The research
dispelled the myth that a teacher’s job is done at 3:30pm, finding
that the majority work around 56 hours every week.
The research also found that 78 per cent of the 1,600 teachers
surveyed said that during term-time they use their Sunday
afternoons and evenings to prepare lessons. Around 64 per cent said
that these ‘hidden hours’ of school-related work were having an
effect on their health, while 81 per cent said that the extra work
was having an adverse effect on their personal lives.
Louise Rogers, from TES Connect’s parent company, TSL Education,
said that the survey was solid proof that a teacher’s jobs is much
more than the regular school day.
“It comes as no surprise to us that teachers are amongst the
hardest working profession,” she said. “Our site is busiest on
Sunday afternoons. When most other professions are taking a rest,
teachers are busy preparing for the week ahead.”
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