Headlined today in the Independent:
‘Teachers in England have lowest job satisfaction of all English-speaking countries, study finds’
The Independent tends to be quite careful and inclusive when it comes to virtually any minority but seems to have forgotten that we do try to speak the Inglis – ‘woht err yoo twyin to zay, Johk?
Anyhoo, here’s what the researchers found:
‘Teachers in England have lowest job satisfaction of all English-speaking countries, new study finds. Of 22 comparable countries, none have a lower level of job satisfaction among teachers than in England, according to UCL Institute of Education (IoE) research. Teachers in English-speaking countries – such as New Zealand, Canada, Australia and America – are more satisfied. Only Latvia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic had job satisfaction as low as England, the report finds.’
Can’t seem to access the full report to check whether the Welsh and the Irish were allowed in.
Ah, but are they comparatively happy?
I used to be a teacher, then a teacher educator (Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers?) for decades. I was then part of the most-moany profession there is, incubating their woes in the staff room every day. So, I think I can be allowed to be a bit skeptical especially when there’s research to back me up. See this from University College London, in March 2018:
‘The study, presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference at the University of Sussex in Brighton today (28 March 2018), analyses data collected in the Workplace Employment Relations Surveys for 2004 and 2011. It finds that school staff are more satisfied and more content with their jobs than comparable employees in other workplaces, a difference that is accounted for in large part by the perception of higher job quality in schools.’
And this from the Daily Telegraph in 2013:
‘Teachers are the happiest workers in Britain, says survey’
Top 10 happiest professions:
- Shop Assistant
- Tradesman e.g. builder, plumber, carpenter
- Lawyer / solicitor
- Customer care / call centre
Aye but, what about Scottish teachers? Ooor bairns are tough
See this on probationary (beginner) teachers:
83% satisfied or very satisfied! Try that with any other occupation.
See this for more experienced Scottish teachers:
Only about 25% not to happy and, within that, only about 5% really pissed sir.
So, are Scottish teachers more content/satisfied/happy than English ones? Probably but even if we werenae, we’re no whinging poms, but, ken?