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News - 3 July 2013

Teachers increasingly are dissatisfied.

A survey by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has suggested that UK teachers are increasingly dissatisfied and many have considered quitting.

Government reforms to pay and pensions, a heavy workload and school inspections were a source of concern, the poll of 14,847 members of the NASUWT suggests.

The NASUWT survey found more than half of respondents (53%) felt their satisfaction with their job had fallen in the past year - up 6% compared with those questioned in 2011.

Almost two thirds (65%) had considered leaving their job in the past year, while more than half (54%) had considered leaving teaching entirely, the survey claims.

It found that teachers' top four concerns about their jobs were workload (chosen by 78%), followed by government changes to pensions (51%), pay (45%) and school inspections (41%).

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Under the government's changes, due to come into effect in England and Wales from this autumn, teachers' pay will be linked to performance in the classroom, with schools setting
Salaries rather than following a national framework.”

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said three years of "relentless attacks" on teachers by the coalition government had resulted in a profession in crisis.
"No-one, therefore, should be surprised that over half of teachers are considering leaving teaching altogether."

However, a Department for Education spokeswoman said more top graduates and professionals than ever before were coming into teaching and vacancy rates were at their lowest since 2005.

A rolling programme of regional strikes has been arranged over the next few months, affecting schools across England and Wales.  The action is likely to be followed by a national walkout in the autumn.

If you need any help and advice with Free School or Academy Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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