Working hours blight: Research confirms workload crisis in schools

Secondary school teachers are working 49 hours a week on average, with secondary leaders clocking up 58 hours and headteachers 61 hours a week, government research has shown.

Yet more evidence of the workload crisis in schools has been published as part of a government longitudinal research project.

It shows working hours and workload running high, taking a heavy toll on the health and wellbeing of school staff. It also reveals significant dissatisfaction with pay levels.

The report is the first in a series of publications as part of the Working Lives of Teachers and Leaders research. The first survey was carried out in the spring of 2022 and the longitudinal study will run until at least 2026.

It has been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) and is being conducted by IFF Research and the Institute of Education.

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