NUT survey reveals low teacher morale

shutterstock_107801354A survey of teachers has found that there is ‘a crisis of morale in the profession’, according to the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

The YouGov survey, commissioned by NUT, was taken by over 800 teachers in December 2012. Over half of the participants described their morale as low or very low.

A similar survey had been conducted in April of last year and saw that over the eight-month period, those describing their morale as high or very high had dropped from 27% to 15%.

The survey also revealed that 77% of teachers described the government’s impact on education as ‘negative’. Over 70% said they had rarely or never been trusted by the government.

When questioned about the implementation of the Ebacc, more than 80% of those surveyed felt the consultation period had not been sufficient.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said of the survey’s findings: ‘This survey paints a very sorry picture and is a damning indictment of coalition government policies. Michael Gove has been allowed to rush through educational reforms and his academies and free schools projects based on little or no evidence.’

Friday’s HOT Topic

A survey released this week revealed 30% of primary school’s and 10% of secondary’s hadn’t been on a theatre trip in two years. The same questionnaire found that 89% of secondary schools HAD been to a theatre production in the last year…

Is this something we should be concerned about? The 89% is a promising statistic… but should we be worrying about those who aren’t exposed to as much drama? Do you think it’s important that children go to the theatre at a young age? As teachers, how easy is it to get the support of your school to take students to performances?

Let us know your thoughts…