Less than half school staff happy with pay or workload

Major new study on school staff wellbeing highlights concerns about pay, workload and professional development

John Roberts

A new report has shown that less than half of school staff believe their workload is sustainable.

Less than half of school staff think their workload is sustainable or that they have enough time to do their job effectively, a major new report on wellbeing has found.

The report, based on more than 60,000 responses from teachers and school staff, also found that less than half were satisfied with the pay and benefits they received for their work.

The findings show that only 44 per cent of respondents agreed that their work-life balance was sustainable, while 19 per cent disagreed.

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Around a third of school staff (35 per cent) agreed that they had enough time to do their job effectively while 24 per cent disagreed.

And less than half of school staff accepted that their stress levels were sustainable (40 per cent), with more than one in five (21 per cent) saying they disagreed with this.

The findings come from questions put to 61,000 school staff around the world through the Staff Pulse wellbeing tool, which is has been created by Tes.

Commenting on the report, Sinéad McBrearty – chief executive of Education Support, a charity which supports teachers’ mental health – said: “This crisis has seen a workforce display an incredible capacity for adaptability, focus and resilience. But while teachers feel supported within their school communities, external pressures are proving too much.

"Having successfully reopened schools, just a few weeks into the autumn term, many are at breaking point.”

The new reports also show that less than half of the school staff who responded (47 per cent) feel recognised and appreciated in their work.

And only a third (34 per cent) received regular feedback about their performance.

Supporting student wellbeing is also an area of concern with only 39 per cent of respondents feeling they were fully equipped to manage the mental health concerns of students.

The report also shows that less than half (44 per cent) of staff feel that they receive the training they require in order to develop their career, while 16 per cent said they disagreed that sufficient workplace training was provided by their employer.

However, 55 per cent of staff believed that they had enough resources to do their jobs well.

Other positive findings include the majority of respondents feeling they have a close, compassionate relationship with their colleagues, with 68 per cent of respondents saying they felt their co-workers cared about them.

And 73 per cent of staff said they were happy to ask for help from colleagues.

The majority (65 per cent) love working in their schools, pay a lot of attention to their work (94 per cent) and value their relationships with pupils, with 83 per cent of respondents saying that staff at their school have good relationships with their students.

The first Tes Staff Wellbeing Report, which will be produced twice a year, is based on more than 61,000 responses from school staff in the UK and across the world.

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John Roberts

John Roberts

John Roberts is North of England reporter for Tes

Find me on Twitter @JohnGRoberts

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