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NASUWT Teachers’ Satisfaction and Wellbeing in the Workplace Survey

ComRes interviewed 501 teachers in England between the 30th October and 10th November 2013. Data were weighted to be representative of all teachers in England by region and teacher’s role.  ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Date Published: 19 Dec 2013

Categories: Education | Professionals | Public Sector | Social | UK


The overwhelming majority of teachers love working with children, but around half say that they are dissatisfied with their job, mainly because of excessive workload. A survey of teachers’ levels of job satisfaction and wellbeing, carried out on behalf of NASUWT, found that:


over half of teachers (52%) say that they have seriously considered leaving their current job in the last 12 months and nearly half (47%) have seriously considered leaving the profession;
two fifths of teachers (41%) say their job satisfaction has decreased in the last 12 months;
teachers’ biggest concern regarding their job is workload (79%), followed by pay and pensions (66%), changes or reforms in the curriculum (59%) and school inspections (51%). The vast majority of teachers (86%) say that their workload has increased in the last 12 months;
the majority of teachers disagree that teaching is competitive with other occupations in terms of either the financial rewards on offer (80%) or salaries (67%) and only 21% of teachers feel optimistic about their career opportunities;
the top three things teachers love most about their jobs are seeing children learn and progress (91%), interacting with pupils (90%) and making a positive difference (83%);

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