The results of a survey of Scotland's teachers, published by the EIS ahead of its AGM this week, has confirmed that teacher workload remains high in schools across the country.
A wide range of concerns were expressed by teachers in the survey, including: increases in workload; the negative impact of workload on wellbeing; lack of time available for professional development; major curricular change; long working hours. Perhaps most significantly, 58% of respondents indicated that they would not recommend teaching as a career – an increase compared to survey results from last year.
EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "As we move into the EIS Annual General Meeting, which starts tomorrow, the results of this survey make for worrying reading. Despite statements from the Scottish Government, local authorities and national education bodies that promised action to tackle excessive levels of teacher workload, the results of our survey indicate that little has improved and some difficulties actually seems to have grown worse."
"The EIS is currently in the midst of a major pay campaign urging the Scottish Government and local authorities to value education and value teachers. We have frequently been told that meaningful pay rises are unaffordable, but that extra teachers are being employed and that workload is being tackled."
"These survey results confirm that teachers are seeing little improvement, and that severe pressure continues to be piled onto our overworked, undervalued and underpaid teachers. This clearly highlights the need for increased investment in education and in the pay of Scotland’s teachers."
Some of the key results from the survey include: