So why do people choose to become teachers?
To pay the mortgage silly.
To put food on the table.
To make a difference.
That’s normally the answer a teacher will give: “to make a difference”.
Some will say it is a calling and they “couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
Others will say to inspire, be a role model, to be a change agent and to be a lifelong learner.
New research tells us that most teachers do what they do because they want to help pupils achieve.
A YouGov poll asked almost 1000 teachers to cite the reasons why they worked in the profession and the responses are interesting.
- 83% said seeing pupils develop and achieve
- 55% said for the classroom teaching
- 41% said for the holidays
- 27% said opportunities to develop new approaches to teaching and learning
- 23% said for the salary
- 21% said for the support of colleagues
- 19% said they enjoyed the professional autonomy
Only 12% mentioned work-life balance and just 7% highlighted working conditions as one of their reasons to teach.
The vast majority of teachers feel unloved and overworked with 84% thinking teaching is not valued by society yet an Ipsos MORI poll showed this to be quite the opposite – teachers are the third most trusted profession in the UK.
Unsurprisingly, nearly 50% of teachers say their morale has declined in the past year with more than a third (38 per cent) saying they have “low morale”.