It is little wonder that many policewomen and teachers with children are looking at alternatives, such as working part-time Many thousands of teachers are said to be burning the professional candle at both ends.
According to the Education Policy Institute, most full-time teachers work an average of 48.2 hours per week.
But one in five works 60 hours or more – 12 hours above the limit set by the European working time directive.
A teacher for eight years, Megan feels well supported by her school in north London and considers herself one of the lucky ones. She says she would love to commit to the job for the rest of her working life but is not sure it is sustainable.
“Between the hours of 09:00 and 15:30 I am in my absolute element,” she says.
But she says coping with government changes in assessment and accountability, and, as she sees it, with national tests set at too high a level for some of her children, she sometimes doubts whether she can continue in the job she loves.
“It’s unmanageable for lots of new teachers coming into the profession in terms of what’s expected of them.
“There are so many people coming into the job who are committed and really want to make a difference but it can be demoralising and often teachers are exhausted,” she says.
This extra time, however, does not equate to increased teaching time, rather it is spent marking work and carrying out administrative tasks.
Workload was found to be a significant barrier in accessing up-to-date training on the latest teaching methods and material.
Despite working longer hours early on in their careers, new teachers could expect to earn a wage 16% lower than the OECD average.
Deducting childcare costs can take a large proportion of a teacher’s salary, then at home with the children they are having to prepare lessons. mark exams and ensure their continuous professional development (CPD) is up to date.
Police officers with children may be in an even more difficult position, having to work shifts impacts on available childcare provisions. Childcare provision is generally during daylight hours, but what if you are working 2:00pm till 10:00pm or 10:00pm to 6:00am?
Add this to the new Police Pension Scheme (PPS) introduced in April 2015 where retirement age has been increased to age 60 and it’s understandable why they are looking for alternatives.
Please note that there are no changes to the pension age or the amount received at retirement for PPS members who, as of 1 April 2012, have 10 years or less to age 55 or have 10 years or less to age 48 and are 10 years or less from a maximum unreduced pension; and NPPS members who as of 1 April 2012, have 10 years or less to age 55.
Working shifts, childcare provision, dangers of the job and having to work until age 60 are just some of the drawbacks.
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