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News - 2 January 2013

Teacher’s morale is dangerously low

In a survey polled by YouGov for the National Union of Teachers (NUT), more than 55% of teachers described their morale as low or very low.

The poll was conducted online in December 2012 of 804 teachers in England and Wales. Some 88% belonged to a trade union or professional body, and 11% taught in private schools, the rest in state funded schools including academies and free schools. Some 74% were female.

The results suggested that teacher morale had collapsed by 13 percentage points since a similar survey in April.

Then the proportion describing their morale as low or very low was 42%. The figure describing it as high or very high dropped from 27% in April to 15% in December.

Some 69% said their morale had declined since the general election in 2010. Almost three-quarters (71%) said they rarely or never felt trusted by the government.

Some 77% said academy and free school programmes were taking education in England in the wrong direction, while only 5% felt the government was having a "positive" effect on schools.

More than three-quarters (76%) said cuts and austerity measures were having a negative impact on some or most children and their families, with 74% agreeing that children's educational attainment was affected by family income.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: "This survey paints a very sorry picture and is a damning indictment of coalition government policies."

A spokesman for the Department for Education said:
"Our academy and free schools programme gives schools greater freedom so that more schools are run by great heads and teachers. Results show they are already having a positive impact, with performance in sponsored academies improving at almost twice the rate of maintained schools in 2011."

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
"We need to see education policy being implemented that works for all children and young people and provides them with an education that is exciting and fulfilling.”

If you need any help and advice with Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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