It is impossible to escape the coverage of Thursday’s teachers’ strike from news outlets across the country. There is so much anger amongst teachers being directed at Michael Gove MP due to his planned changes in education, but what is the fuss about performance related pay all about?
Pay – Currently there is a national pay structure guaranteeing that full time teachers in England and Wales receive a minimum salary will achieve a minimum starting salary of £21,804 (correct on 18 October 2013). Teachers feel that this pay structure has been dismantled and they are unhappy with the prospect of performance related pay.
They fear that there will be no guarantee that they will be able to stay on the same salary if they move schools. This fear compounds the anger they feel about the changes which, at the moment, seem inevitable.
Pensions – The changes to teachers’ pensions are another issue which is closely linked to the strikes. Many teachers feel that the goalposts have been moved and that they will have to work for much longer than they ever planned to due to the raise in the retirement age for teachers and they are also worried about the increases in the cost of living.
Workload – A new National Curriculum begins in September 2014 and according to recent feedback we know that teachers just don’t feel prepared for the changes. All they can see are hours of reading complex DfE documents, late into the night to try and work out how many of their worksheets they will have to re-write.
Here at TheSchoolBus, we wanted to find out exactly what the workload of teachers looked like, specifically – how much time they were spending outside their teaching time, so we posed 3 simple questions.
1) How much time outside of school do you spend planning each day?
2) How much time outside of school do you spend creating classroom resources from scratch?
3) How much of your own money do you estimate you spent during 2012 on creating classroom resources from scratch?
Our provisional analysis has showed some pretty startling results. From our respondents, 92% regularly spend over 2 hours per day planning for lessons and 84% spend the same amount of time preparing developing resources. We found that half of our respondents spent between £50 and £100 on creating resources from scratch in 2012, and most shockingly, almost as many (42%), spent over £100.
This time spent on lunch breaks, after school, before lessons, during half term, summer break and the Christmas holidays robs teachers, not just of their time, but of their energy to teach.
The survey is open until Midnight on the 1November, so if you’re a teacher, please click and complete – we are eager to hear from you. You can also join the discussion on Twitter, @_TheSchoolBus #inthedriversseat