The TALIS report - Workload has increased and teachers in England work the longest hours - summary of the findings
The TALIS report, based on a survey of 250,000 teachers and 15,000 schools in 2018 revealed several major points and interesting changes since their last survey in 2013.
- More than 20% of time in a typical lesson is now spent on keeping order or doing class admin instead of teaching and learning - that's 2% worse than the 2013 survey.
- 90% of teachers' reason for their career choice is 'the chance to contribute to society' and 'influence children's development'.
- Teachers would like more training in multilingual and multicultural settings and for teaching children with special needs.
- Only half of England's teachers said that tech was part of their teacher training, although more this year than ever said they are using tech as part of their daily lesson delivery.
- Teacher workload has increased from 45.39 hours a week to 46.9 hours a week, while the average across the 48 OECD countries surveyed was 38.8 hours. This sets us as the 4th highest in the surveyed countries. Primary teachers particularly work 48.3 hours a week, beaten only by Japan to be the highest workload.
- Experienced teachers receive less CPD on behaviour.
- As a nation, we use self-assessment a lot more than in other countries. 69% of teachers frequently let the class assess their own work while the international average was found to be 41%. Which begs the question - how on earth we are still buried in so much marking?
- Our induction and mentoring is relatively high, with 70% of teachers responding positively, compared to 42% in other OECD countries.
- Teachers in England are younger on average. Overall our typical age is 39 whereas internationally the average was 44. Our proportion of older (and therefore more experienced) teachers over 50 make up only 18% of the workforce versus over 34 percent elsewhere.
- 96% of teachers reported that teachers and students get on well - an improvement from the 2013 survey.
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Katie Newell BA(Hons) PGCE is an ex-primary school teacher, Head of Maths, Head of Year five and languages specialist. Katie qualified in Psychology at Liverpool then specialised in Primary Languages for her PGCE at Reading. Before teaching, Katie was a financial commentator and is now the Content Manager for eteach.com and fejobs.com. Katie feels passionately that teachers are the unsung heroes of society; that opening minds to creative timetabling could revolutionise keeping women in teaching, and that a total change to pupil feedback is the key to solving the work life balance issue for the best job in the world.