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HALF OF TEACHERS THINK OF QUITTING, SAYS SURVEY

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More than half of the teachers in a recent survey admitted they had thought about leaving the profession, the Finan...
More than half of the teachers in a recent survey admitted they had thought about leaving the profession, the Financial Times reports (p10).

The survey, which compared the experience of teachers in England and France, found that the English suffer greater levels of stress and pressure. Only 20 per cent of French teachers had thought about leaving their jobs.

Cheryl Travers, of the Loughborough Business School, revealed her findings to the Occupational Psychology Conference in Blackpool.

'In terms of the way in which teachers respond to stress in the profession, English teachers are suffering far higher levels of all aspects of mental ill-health and lower levels of job satisfaction than French teachers', she said.

Classes sizes were similar in both countries, while French teachers did slightly more work at home.

Travers told the conference that teachers in England experienced greater pressure because of a lack of government support, work and administrative overload, tight school budgets and lack of resources.

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