Staff ‘exhausted and disillusioned’

6th May 2016 at 00:00

Excessive workload is blighting teachers’ professional lives and affecting their health and wellbeing, yet the government and employers are failing to act.

The reforms to the curriculum and qualifications systems have simply piled on the pressure. Recommendations made by a government working group set up to examine these issues are being ignored by employers and schools. With 87 per cent of teachers citing workload as their biggest concern and two-thirds considering leaving the profession, this situation cannot be allowed to continue. Teachers are tired, exhausted and disillusioned.

The NASUWT’s action instruction issued this week, to escalate our existing industrial action, will empower teachers to challenge and remove unnecessary bureaucratic burdens being placed upon them by Curriculum for Excellence, to take control of their professional lives and to focus on their core role of teaching.

Teachers need more than fine words from the government and employers about tackling workload. Pupils are entitled to be taught by those whose working conditions enable them to focus on teaching and learning. NASUWT action will protect teachers and pupils in the face of the failure of government and employers to do so.

Chris Keates

General secretary, the NASUWT teaching union

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