Survey finds private school teachers are at risk of burn out: According to a recent survey, many teachers who work at an independent school are working more hours than they are contracted to do every week. A further 20 per cent said that they were expected to respond immediately to parents’ messages and be ‘on call’ outside of school hours.
Of the teachers in the survey, a total of 92.5 per cent said that they were working more than their contracted hours every week and a further 25 per cent of private school teachers said that they were working at least 21 hours per week more than they are contracted to.
Conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the survey was completed by 730 teachers who work within a private school.
The Association revealed 32.7 per cent of the teachers were working up to 10 hours extra, 36.5 per cent were working between 11 and 20 hours extra and a further 23.3 per cent were working at least 21 hours extra. When the respondents were asked why they were working so many extra hours, 81 per cent said that it was because they needed to, to complete their workload.
Approximately 74 per cent of the teachers in the survey said that their workload has gotten bigger in the last 12 months.
In the last two years, 27 per cent of the teachers said that they had been expected to teach outside of their specialist subject. Of this percentage, 60 per cent said that they did not feel like they were supported or trained enough to deliver the teaching.
Some of the respondents admitted to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers that they had become burned out, as a result of working 65 and 70 hour weeks.
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