TEACHERS in England work some of the longest hours in the developed world, a damning global study revealed yesterday.
Half of the country’s full-time teachers work 40-58 hours a week and a fifth work at least 60 hours a week, the analysis by the Education Policy Institute concludes.
Its study looked at 36 countries and regions in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australasia.
Only teachers in Japan and the Canadian province of Alberta worked longer hours than those in England, the research found.
The additional hours were found to consist mostly of marking and lesson planning rather than extra teaching.
Due to the heavy workloads many teachers said that they missed out on developing their professional skills with teachers spending just four days a year on training courses. This was compared to the international average of 10 days.
Teaching unions blame the crippling workloads on Tory regulations and requirements.
“The fact that teachers are working 60 hours a week is totally unacceptable and is exacerbating the teacher shortage,” said NUT general secretary Kevin Courtney.
“On top of low starting pay and little or no time for professional development, it is hardly surprising that teachers are voting with their feet and leaving the profession in such large numbers.”
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “Year-on-year increasing numbers of teachers leave the profession and potential recruits are deterred from joining it because of the toxic combination of increasing workload and decreasing pay.”
The Department for Education argued that teaching remains an attractive career and that there are more teachers entering the classroom than those choosing to leave or retire.