Written by FEjobs.com
Wednesday 27th June 2018
comes after a poll conducted by NEU found seven in ten FE college staff in
England have thought about leaving the sector, with workloads mounting and many
suffering from stress.
survey, which compiles the responses of 229 FE staff, uncovered that 88% have seen
workloads increase over the past year, with 62% attributing this to there being
fewer staff at the college.
of workloads, 35% of respondents to the survey say they had to teach for more
hours in the past year. Meanwhile, 34% were given new subject areas to teach
and 31% found themselves teaching more classes.
half of FE college staff said they work over seven hours – meaning one full day
– more than they are contracted to work every week. A total 88% of these staff
put this down to workload commitments, with 37% believing that this is expected
statistics like these, it’s little surprise that 40% of respondents have seen a
health professional due to stress, and that just over 12% have been signed off
due to stress. Worryingly, around 16% of staff feel stressed but aren’t
currently seeking support.
FE colleges cited job security (25.67%), working conditions (24.06%) and pay
(15.31%) as the three factors worrying them most.
joint general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted, commented: “It is not surprising that
so many FE college staff have considered leaving – they have faced huge turmoil
in the sector with the area reviews and are suffering from chronic overwork and
too long FE colleges have been the poor relatives in education, paid little
attention by Government and starved of funding. This cannot continue. The
Government needs to recognise the vital role FE colleges play in developing a
skilled workforce, educating 62% of 16-18 year olds and adults who are
upskilling and reskilling.”
the NEU’s project will help to raise awareness of the key role FE colleges play
in helping to develop to workforces of the future. You can keep track of the
project using the hashtag #efFEctiveeducation.
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