Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said the dedication of teachers has been “exploited” by the SNP Government after a major survey warned that the profession is stressed, overworked, and especially critical of their pay and provision for children with additional support needs.
Amongst the key findings of the survey were:
- 76% of respondents reported that they feel stressed ‘frequently’ or ‘all of the time’ within their jobs.
- 88% said they felt their stress levels had either stayed the same or increased over the past year.
- 64% reported working more than 5 hours extra above their contracted hours each week.
- 35% of those working part time reported working more than 8 hours per week above their contracted hours.
- 82% of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their workload levels.
- Over 78% disagreed that there was adequate provision for children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) in their school.
The top issue that EIS members want to see addressed by local and national government is teacher pay. This was closely followed by concerns over workload, and concerns over capacity to support pupils with ASN.
Commenting on the survey, Mr Scott said:
“The verdict from Scotland’s teachers is damning. Under the SNP they are working longer and harder while seeing children struggle. That must be heart-breaking for dedicated professionals.
“Teachers have every right to demand better. The Scottish Government must finally give them a fair pay deal back it up for the long-term with McCrone 2 – an independent review of teachers’ conditions and the demands placed upon them.”