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Teachers 'feel underappreciated'

Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2008   Category: Life after graduation

The majority of teachers working in the profession are "deeply dissatisfied" with the way their university or college treats them.

According to a report by the University and College Union (UCU) and further education (FE) colleges, around half of the 3,000 further education respondents did not feel valued by their employers.

Furthermore, more than half said their workspace equipment was inadequate and just 22 per cent feeling they were rewarded appropriately.

Some 47 per cent believed their university or college tolerated bullying, which UCU felt indicated stress among the FE profession.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: "You really have to ask whether talented young people will want to enter, let alone stay, in a profession where dedication and achievement fail to command respect and adequate reward."

Skills agency Lifelong Learning UK predicts the FE will require around 200,000 new teaching staff by 2014.


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