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Scotland's schools depend on the goodwill of teachers

Recent research indicates that Scotland’s teachers consistently report more hours of unpaid overtime than other graduates in Scotland with the exception of teachers in the rest of the UK. 

EIS General Secretary, Larry Flanagan referred to research commissioned by the EIS into teachers’ pay, "Teachers Earnings in Scotland”, (Stewart Research 2012) and noted the 9 hours average additional unpaid work was consistent with research undertaken by the University of Glasgow on behalf of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) in 2006 which indicated that teachers were, on average, working 45 hours per week with promoted staff working around 55 hours.

Mr Flanagan said, "The average teacher gives more time in unpaid overtime to provide quality education than the time afforded for personal preparation and correction in the contract which is set at 7.5 hours.”

Mr Flanagan stated that a long hours culture is not conducive to the health of Scotland’s teachers. 

"Last year the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  (CIPD) revealed that stress had become the single most common factor in staff absence in the UK."

"Teaching is a highly stressful job.  We have seen an increase in punitive and less supportive absence management procedures over recent years." 

"There is no doubt that the current culture stores up long term problems and has led to a growth in psychological issues relating to employment.”"However, little attention is paid to the long term impact of presenteeism when teachers feel pressurised to turn up even when ill or feel pressurised to work long hours." 

 "We are well aware that stress is rising in the public sector with job loss and pay freeze destabilising highly motivated employees such as teachers." 

"However, government and employers are not only undermining the jobs and living standards of public sector employees, they are threatening the psychological wellbeing of such staff." 

"That is not good for services and certainly not good for the economy.”

(ENDS) 

Further information from: Brian Cooper on 0131 225 6244 or bcooper@eis.org.uk