Survey reveals extra hours being worked by teachers in the independent sector

More than 92 per cent of teachers working in independent schools are working over and above their contracted hours each week, a survey has revealed.

The research by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) involved 730 of its independent school members and found that 23 per cent of them are working more than 21 hours extra per week.

Furthermore, a third are working between 11 and 20 hours extra per week, while another third are working up to 10 hours extra.

Eight in 10 of the teachers working longer hours say they are doing so because their workload demands it, while two in 10 say it is their school that is demanding the extra time.

One teacher from the South East said: “I have regularly worked four out of five evenings in the week and at least one and a half days on the weekend.”

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