The truth about the 60 hour week | chriseyreteaching

This week’s headline education story is the news that some teachers are working 60 hour weeks. It’s not really news to those of us in the job. For those non-teachers reading the story the first thoughts might be ‘surely that can’t be right? Why don’t they just do a bit less?’ In writing the Elephant in the Staffroom – a stress and wellbeing survival guide for teachers – a few things came to light.

First things first. The stat is about right. The average hours worked according to the DFE’s own workload diary survey of 2013 is 59 for primary teachers, 55 for secondary. For headteachers (and…

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