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Workload is the biggest barrier to young teachers making the profession their career, a conference organised by the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, has heard.
 
Young teachers aged 30 and under gathered in Birmingham today (Saturday) for the NASUWT’s Young Teachers’ Consultation Conference to take part in professional development workshops and receive support and advice.
 
A real-time electronic poll of members attending the Conference found that:

  • More than four in ten (43%) teachers say workload gets in the way of teaching being considered a career for life;
  • One in ten teachers (12%) say they will be leaving teaching within one year;
  • Less than a quarter (21%) say they would recommend teaching as a career to family or friends;
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“It was clear that the young teachers at the conference are absolutely and fully committed to being great teachers and to serving the children and young people they teach.
 
“However, it is deeply worrying that many do not feel confident of being able to remain in teaching in the longer term and would not recommend a career in teaching to others.
 
“Spiralling workloads, unsustainable working hours and worsening pay and conditions of service are the main factors impacting on young teachers’ morale and job satisfaction.
 
“The deepening recruitment and retention crisis gripping our schools will not be solved unless Government acts on the concerns of young teachers.”

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