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Most teachers wouldn't recommend their profession

More than half of teachers would not recommend their profession to friends and family members, according to new research by Wesleyan, the specialist financial services provider for teachers.

In sharp contrast to findings a year ago, 55% of teachers said they would not recommend a career in the classroom, compared with 44% in 2014.

The number of teachers who would not choose teaching as a career if they could start again has also risen to 50% compared with 41% in 2014. Increased workload and stress were cited as the main factors for this.

Nine out of ten teachers (91%) said increased pressure caused by ongoing changes in the profession was a major cause of concern, with half (50%) of those saying they permanently felt under pressure.

When asked what they were most concerned about over the next five years, financial issues emerged as the biggest worry for teachers. More than half (51%) said they were worried about pay and conditions (65% in 2014), followed by 47% concerned about changes to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (58% in 2014). Concerns over health and wellbeing were also an issue for almost half (46%).

Eight out of ten (80%) teachers felt that the increasing cost of education and training, along with changes to pay and conditions, will mean future generations will be put off entering the profession, up from 78% last year.

Alan Whiting, Wesleyan's Group Head of Marketing, said: "Teachers tell us that the changes they face in their professional lives are causing them uncertainty and stress, and this is supported by this new research.

"They have seen a drop in income in real terms as pay rises fail to keep pace with inflation, while changes to the Teachers' Pension Scheme mean they are paying more to retire on less.

"Inside the classroom, increased workloads and stress are clearly having an impact on teachers, making them increasingly disaffected and potentially putting off new people entering the profession. The fact that pay and conditions and pensions remain their main concerns for the future is also a worry, not just for existing teachers but also the next generation.

"As a specialist provider of financial advice for teachers, Wesleyan can help them plan their finances and make the most of their money. We also understand the wider professional issues that can impact their career path and their future earning income."

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