Has the final bell rung for the secondary school staffroom?

26th October 2015 at 05:00

The secondary school staffroom may soon be a thing of the past, according to a survey of teachers conducted by TES.

Asked how often they visited the whole-school staffroom, 32 per cent of respondents said they rarely or never used it. Meanwhile, 62 per cent of respondents said they used the staffroom less than they did when they first joined the profession.

Teachers who do use the staffroom say they tend to do so to eat lunch (25  per cent of respondents), socialise (16 per cent) or to share information (15 per cent).

The most popular time to go to the staffroom, according to the survey, is at lunch or breaktime (49 per cent of respondents). Very few teachers stay after school (5 per cent) or during elusive free periods (7 per cent).

The results appear in the 23 October issue of TES, in which teacher Stephen Petty writes a eulogy for the secondary staffroom. “[The staffroom] has gone to a better place, mainly because we all found a better place,” he writes.

TES 23 October

Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow TES on Twitter and like TES on Facebook


Related Content

Get Tes online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to Tes online and the Tes app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off Tes Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the Tes online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order today