New research uncovers the truth about UK teachers’ workload

A teacher’s day never ends at the ring of the school bell.What many students and parents don’t see is the overtime teachers put into marking work, preparing for upcoming lessons and making the classroom ready for the next day.Many people argue against the hardship teachers today face by pointing out their long summer holidays and festive breaks. But what they fail to recognise is that during these breaks, they are still writing reports and constructing future lesson plans.In the UK, teachers also have to face the judgement and scrutiny of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED). Known for their plainspoken inspection reports, there’s no hiding from this government authority.So, if the pressure from parents wasn’t already mounting, an extra layer is added by OFSTED. To reveal the truth of overworking staff, The Trades Union Congress (TUC) recently released a report that showed workers in the UK had put in more than £32 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year.

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