Are you working 59 hours a week? 'Radical action' needed to tackle teachers' long working hours

One in four teachers work more than 59 hours a week and many work in the evenings and at weekends according to a study involving data from more than 40,000 teachers in England.

The University College London (UCL) research uses data collected between 1992 and 2017 and finds that the average working week of 47 hours has changed little over this period, although between 2013 and 2017 it has risen to 49 hours per week.

This average figure from 1992 to 2017 rises to 49 hours a week for secondary school teachers and peaks in the summer term at an average of 50 hours a week.

It is thought to be the first study to attempt to track the working hours of teachers over such a long period of time.

The research, which has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, finds that 40 per cent of teachers in England usually work in the evening, while 10 per cent usually work at the weekend. One in four teachers put in an average of 10.7 hours a day (more than 59 hours a week), while one in 10 work 65 hours per week.

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