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Poll: YouGov survey in East of England suggests drop in teacher morale

13:00 03 January 2014

Four fifths of teachers in the East of England have experienced a decline in morale since 2010, according to a YouGov poll.

The National Union of Teachers commissioned the polling company to survey teachers throughout the country about their morale and attitudes to government policy.

Graham White, Secretary of Suffolk NUT said the government needed urgently to address the concerns of teachers.

However the Department of Education said the picture painted by the survey “is simply not true”.

89 teachers in the East of England responded to the survey.

Of those 31% described their morale as ‘very low’ and 19% as ‘low’, whilst only 12% said their morale was ‘high’ or ‘very high’.

Of the 84 teachers who have been in work for three years or more only 1% said their morale had improved since the General Election of May 2010. 18% said it was the same and 80% said it had declined.

83% of respondents said the Coalition government had had a negative impact on the education system since coming into power, 59% said the changes to teachers’ pay and pensions would make it less likely for them to stay in the profession.

Mr White said: “This shows the state of education at present - it is not a good state and this government needs to address the concerns of teachers urgently.

“Suffolk teachers and those in my area are desperate for some positive policies from this government to achieve a good local school for all and a broad and balanced curriculum accessible for all with a range of appropriate qualifications.

“Suffolk needs to note these concerns and adopt an approach which is helpful to teachers, pupils and parents. Free schools and academies are not the way forward.

“Tackling deprivation and putting more time, money and resources into SEN, excluded pupils, behaviour support and EAL would be a helpful start rather than continuing with the millions spent on SOR.

“If Suffolk is to improve its position in education league tables then it needs to listen to teachers and other educationalists rather than politicians.”

However the Department of Education said the survey is not representative.

“This survey of less than 1% of teachers presents a picture which is simply not true,” a spokesman said.

“Teaching has never been more attractive, with more top graduates entering the profession than ever before and vacancy rates at their lowest for eight years. Our pay reforms mean that great teachers can now be rewarded with higher salaries and our new curriculum gives teachers more freedom over how they teach.

“Teachers are the driving force of this government’s reforms, with hundreds of teachers coming together to set up and work in free schools, and thousands of schools choosing to take on more freedom and responsibility for their teachers by becoming academies.”

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  • Rather an appropriate name of the poll, 'You Gove' !!

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