22 Jul A Career in Teaching? No Thanks!
Teaching is not Popular as an Altruistic Career Choice
In the survey of 1,156 British parents of school-aged children carried out by One4all, the Post Office gift card, 84% admitted that, knowing the lengths their children’s teachers go to in their jobs, they wouldn’t ever want to pursue a career in teaching themselves. So teaching is looking like it’s off the list for many parents looking to move to a more altruistic career.
- 84% of parents wouldn’t want to pursue a career in teaching themselves
- 72% feel teachers have too much work to do and 69% think they’re underpaid
- 75% give gifts to their kids’ teachers at the end of the year
- English teachers voted the UK’s most popular
AS THE academic year draws to a close, British parents have confessed that while they believe their kids’ teachers are amongst the most important influences in their lives, they wouldn’t want to swap places with them.
72% of parents simply feel teachers have too much work to do, 69% feel that their salaries do not reflect the amount of hard work the job requires, and 82% believe they’re under too much pressure.
The data also found 71% of parents believe teachers have more patience with their children than they do.
Indeed, the overwhelming majority – 86% – believe their children’s teachers do a fantastic job. Parents also consider teachers to be the most influential people in their children’s lives, behind only themselves and grandparents. When asked who they remember the most fondly from their own school days, British parents said English teachers were the most popular, followed by Maths, Science, History, and P.E.
75% are so grateful to their kids’ teachers they give them presents to show their gratitude at the end of the school year, spending on average £16.50 per teacher. Edinburgh residents splash out the most on thank you teacher gifts – spending £25.63 on average per year, while teachers in Plymouth and Belfast are the most likely to receive gifts at the end of the school year.
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