Call for contractual changes as teachers clock up 57 hours a week

Teachers are now working an average of 57 hours a week thanks to more time being spent on pastoral care, administration, data, and assessment.

Survey evidence from the NASUWT finds that 91% of teachers report increased workload in the last year.

Involving around 3,000 full-time teachers, the research finds that in a typical mid-term week workload tops 57 hours, with teachers working 15 of these hours outside of the normal school day.

The figure compares to the 46 hours a week that were worked by full-time teachers in January and February 2021 as cited in recent workforce research from the NFER (Worth & Faulkner-Ellis, 2022).

And the annual Work Your Proper Hours Day research from the TUC showed in March that teachers are averaging 11.2 hours a week of unpaid overtime, compared to a national average of 7.6 hours across professions.

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