Teachers ''missing out on sleep due to workload''
Many teachers are not spending enough time in bed due to the demands of their job, new research has indicated.
A survey conducted by tesconnect.com revealed 80 per cent have given up a night's sleep to catch up on work in the past six months.
Over a third (41.7 per cent) admitted to doing so in the past month and more than half (54.5 per cent) said their working week regularly exceeds 56 hours.
Lesson planning, marking and admin are among the tasks causing teachers to work during the evenings and miss out on sleep. Chief executive of TSL Education Louise Rogers said the findings are "no surprise".
TSL Education is the parent company of TES Connect, an online community for teachers that has over two million registered users.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said the working hours of teachers are unlikely to fall until "the high-stakes nature of league tables are removed".
"When most other professions are taking a rest, teachers are busy preparing for the week ahead," she added.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes