18th January 2002

 

 COUNTY HEAD TEACHERS ‘OVERWORKED’ CLAIM

 

Head teachers of small primary schools in Lincolnshire are overloaded with work and suffering from burnout because of under-funding.

 

That’s the finding of a new survey carried out by an education expert at the University of Lincoln. 

 

Jeff Day will graduate from the International Institute for Educational Leadership with an MSc in Education Management at a ceremony at Lincoln cathedral on Wednesday 23rd January at 2.30pm. 

 

The research looked at issues facing head teachers of small primary schools in Lincolnshire and found that they were carrying up to 80% of the teaching workload owing to a lack of government funding. 

 

Jeff (45) interviewed six out of 64 of the region’s primary schools and concluded that it was a high-pressure job. “Very few had proper training for such an important position,” said Jeff.  “It’s hard work for a teacher to do two separate jobs.  There is a high burnout rate.” 

 

Jeff, who is currently head teacher at Swinderby Primary School, claims that teachers are not getting the credit for their hard work.  “They deserve every penny and every bit of praise they get,” he said.

 

 

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