Half of young teachers consider leaving the profession

According to a survey by the National Union of Teachers, just over half of teachers aged under 35 plan on staying in the profession for more than five years.

More than 3,000 teachers aged 35 and below responded to the union’s survey and of those who considered leaving, 47.5 per cent blamed poor management and 52.4 per cent cited unreasonable demands.

In addition to this, 84.7 per cent said there reasons for planning to leave were down to the amount of work and 64.5 per cent said it was down to constant change because of government initiatives.

Just over 45 per cent also raised concerns about mental health.

The survey raises questions about the amount of work teachers are expected to complete with almost three quarters (23.6 per cent) claiming they work more than 60 hours a week.

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