New analysis- Teachers work more unpaid overtime than anyone else - more than 5 million extra hours

Published on 6th Mar 2019

Primary teachers work the most, at 13 hours, just more than the 12.8 hours put in by secondary teachers and over twice the 6.4 hours in pre-school.

That’s more than chief executives, lawyers, hospitality and catering managers and ‘functional’ managers in finance, marketing or personnel.

Taking the profession as a whole, the TUC calculated that is equivalent to 735,000 teachers working overtime without pay every year.

The body says that is almost 10 times as much as legal professionals and nearly 15 times more than welfare professionals.

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“Teachers top the list for unpaid overtime,” said TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

“Our education system can’t be run off the back of free labour and goodwill. The government must tackle staff shortages and overwork by giving schools the resources they need.

“Ministers need to work with teaching unions to address the unacceptable workloads that are driving so many dedicated teachers out of the profession.”

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, said much of this overtime is "spent evidencing the work they are doing".

"Teachers say many of the hours they are being expected to do aren’t even helpful to the children they teach," he said.

"With workload going up and real terms pay going down it is no surprise that we are facing such problems with recruiting new teachers and keeping the ones we’ve got.”

The TUC’s analysis echoes numerous studies highlighting how British teachers’ workload is driving them out of the profession in droves.

 

WORKING HOURS /WORKING PERFORMANCE.

BELOW IS A circular from TSC County director Meru.

It's dated 9th October 2015.

ADDRESSED TO PRINCIPALS.

He says working hours, for teachers is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in a day school and up to 10:00 pm in boarding SCHOOLS.

HE goes on to say that a teacher found doing BUSINESS OR MOONLIGHTING during these hours will be penalised according to tsc cord of conduct.

HOW SHOULD TEACHERS REACT TO THIS CIRCULAR BY MERU TSC COUNTY DIRECTOR in view of Delayed September salaries?

 



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