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teachers’ morale drops

7 January 2013

A recent NUT survey has found that 55% of teachers have low morale compared to 42% in last April’s survey. Why has there been a 13% increase in so short a timescale?

The government have implemented a number of measures to shake-up the teaching profession. New arrangements for performance management of teachers, new regulations on staff appraisals, dispensing with national pay and conditions for academies and focusing on capability processes to avoid the ‘dance of the lemons’ could be the cause of low morale. The aim is to raise teaching standards and the perception of the profession. Strong teachers may be rewarded whilst others may flounder, but isn’t this a necessary consequence of raising standards?

If continual change in the education system is the root cause of low morale teachers best beware. Gove’s agenda for change shows no sign of letting up any time soon.

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