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Union says teachers' morale has dropped in Guernsey

A survey by the NASUWT has found a significant rise in workload and a drop in teachers' morale and job satisfaction. Credit: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

A teaching union in Guernsey says there has been a significant drop in teachers' morale and job satisfaction along with widespread concern about the States' plans for education.

A survey by the NASUWT says more than half of teachers who took part in its survey said they have considered leaving the profession.

The survey also found a drop in the number of teachers saying they felt valued, respected and resourced to do their job effectively.

Other findings from the survey show:

  • 69% said they had seriously thought about leaving their job in the last 12 months, up from 64% in 2016
  • 55% had seriously considered leaving teaching altogether, which is broadly similar to 2016.
  • 40% stated that they had seriously considered leaving the island for another teaching job.
  • 82% said their workload had either increased or significantly increased over the last 12 months.
  • 88% thought the States did not have the right approach to improving education, compared to 61% in 2016.

Politicians should be deeply concerned that the results show a significant worsening of perceptions that teachers hold about Guernsey's education system.

Of particular concern is the sharp drop in teachers reporting that they have the resources to teach effectively.

The committee needs to address these issues urgently, and bear in mind that despite the major upheavals that are currently underway, the day-to-day business of educating children continues and this must be fully supported.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT

We are confident that as we work with professionals in schools to implement the new model of education agreed by the States in 2018 and 2019 we can do more to address many of the concerns currently being raised by teachers and support staff.

For example, the preferred operating model for the new colleges, which requires further discussion with staff, includes changes to marking policies, the curriculum and investment in digital technology, all of which could help to reduce any unnecessary aspects of teachers’ workload.

– Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture