Teaching: The 8 best bits (no biscuits involved)

Despite high workload and 'not having a voice,' Tes research shows it’s the human side of job such as staff camaraderie and rapport with pupils which keep teachers turning up for work

8 reasons teachers like their job

A special survey of teachers carried out by Tes has revealed high levels of confidence in the classroom as well as camaraderie among teachers.

The survey, which attracted responses from more than 6,000 teachers, also showed a widespread positive self-image of teachers.

Despite results showing workload is unmanageable for most teachers and that only a quarter feel "valued”, many teachers revealed their satisfaction in the job – with 75 per cent either agreeing or strongly agreeing that they are “proud to be a teacher” and 59 per cent either agreeing or strongly agreeing that they “find teaching fun”.


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The survey also found that:

  • 84 per cent of teachers agree or strongly agree that “I really throw myself into my work”.

  • 80 per cent of teachers see themselves as “skilful”.

  • 79 per cent agree that “on the whole, teachers at my school have good relationships with the students”.

  • 65 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that “I feel confident as a teacher”.

  • 60 per cent said “my colleagues care about me”.

  • 50 per cent said “my school has a vision for the future”.

  • 75 per cent either agreed or strongly agreed that they were “proud to be a teacher”.

  • 59 per cent either agreed or strongly agreeing that they “find teaching fun”.

Respondents were contacted via tes.com. Around 80 per cent were from the UK, with the rest from across the world, including Brazil, China, Egypt, Spain, South Africa, Singapore and Zimbabwe.

The survey was carried out in conjunction with the launch of Staff Pulse, a staff engagement product through which teachers can give anonymous feedback to senior leadership about the support they need.

It was carried out in March, and was backed up by a smaller survey of around 1,500 respondents in July which gave similar results.

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