Increasing numbers of teachers are being left without a permanent classroom base as a result of overcrowding, poor timetabling and deployment and insufficient or unsuitable specialist provision, the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has heard today.
This nomadic existence is taking its toll on teachers mentally and physically. Preparing the classroom in advance of their lessons is virtually impossible and carrying heavy books and equipment between classrooms is often required.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The additional stress and pressure on teachers without a permanent classroom base is often underestimated and overlooked.
“Employers have a responsibility to assess the physical and mental risks of teachers who have this additional burden placed on them. To fail to do so leaves the employer vulnerable to personal injury claims.”