Commenting on the release of the OECD report Education at a Glance today, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

“These international comparisons confirm, once again, that Scotland’s teachers work some of the longest hours of any OECD country with a very high percentage of time spent in front of the class. Coupled with the country’s continuing slide down international comparisons on pay, where Scotland’s teachers have endured a real-terms pay cut of at least 24% over the past decade, this highlights the damaging combination of soaring workload and declining pay facing Scotland’s teachers. This has created a situation where teaching is no longer a desirable career for many graduates, with serious implications for teacher recruitment and retention and for education provision in many parts of the country.”