Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TEACHERS' TIMETABLES; Long Hours Spent Teaching with Little Time Free to Mark Work Could Be Leaving Some Teachers Struggling to Cope

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TEACHERS' TIMETABLES; Long Hours Spent Teaching with Little Time Free to Mark Work Could Be Leaving Some Teachers Struggling to Cope

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Byline: ALICE CACHIA

SECONDARY school teachers in the UK aren't being given enough time to prepare for lessons and mark work, international researchers have revealed.

In fact, just over a third of UK secondary school teachers' hours (36%) are spent on these jobs, according to analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

While teachers spending more of their working day teaching lessons might sound like a good thing, they also have to plan for these lessons and mark work.

Across the year teachers in the UK generally spend 836 hours teaching - higher than the OECD average of 794 hours.

Meanwhile, UK teachers' 479 hours a year allocated for administrative jobs is the fourthlowest of all OECD countries - behind only Israel, Lithuania and Colombia.

Teachers in Columbia spend 75 per cent of their time teaching in classrooms - the highest proportion of OECD countries.

It means they spend 1,200 hours teaching and just 400 hours on lesson prep and marking work - the lowest figure Japan has most enviable systems in recorded.

It's a stark contrast to Japan, which sees secondary school teachers spending 1,281 hours a year planning and marking, compared to 610 hours of teaching.

That could explain why Japan has one of the most enviable education systems in the world and is a topperforming country for literacy, science and maths. …

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