Tes Editorial

Overworked, underpaid, but at least you’re appreciated

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Teaching might be one of the hardest jobs in the world, but where in the world are teachers working the hardest?

According to a new survey from the Varkey Foundation, British teachers surveyed say they are working the fourth longest hours per week (50.9) of all the 35 countries polled after New Zealand, Singapore and Chile.

And in a state of affairs that will perhaps shock precisely no British teacher, the profession works much harder than the public gives them credit for. When polled, the public estimated the number of hours teachers work at 45.9 hours a week, almost a whole school day less ...

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