Help, I need better working conditions – my health is endangered.
Forty to fifty percent of graduate teachers leave teaching within the first 5 years. Surveys reveal that they feel burnt out, unsupported, frustrated and disillusioned. Research shows that long serving teachers are retiring early (if they can afford to) and most are feeling utterly spent.
The Australian Council For Educational Research (ACER) conducted a survey in 2016, of 13,000 AEU members. It revealed that teachers work around 53 hours a week and principals about 60 hours a week.
The ACER report adds “About one half of support staff are able to complete work during their formal working hours and of those who do work at school outside their paid attendance hours, they typically work an additional 2.6 hours.”
Many long-serving teachers seek individual solutions to the exhausting workload by going part time, if they can get it and if they can afford it. This illustrates that the education system is in a bad way. Teachers, who are members of a union should not have to seek individual solutions.