A survey conducted by the National Union of Teachers, found 61% of those wanting to leave blamed workload and 57% desired a better work/life balance. Making about a half thinking of quitting there job in the next two years.
However, two thirds of the 1,020 primary and secondary school teachers questioned felt morale in the profession had declined over the past five years.
Schools minister Nick Gibb pledged to tackle excessive workloads.
The findings of the survey are timely, because last month the five main teaching unions warned of a crisis in recruitment and retention, although the government maintains the vacancy rate has stayed stable at about 1%.
The survey, undertaken with a representative sample of teachers, also suggested many were unhappy with some of the government’s plans.
- 76% said forcing schools that require improvement to become academies would damage education
- 62% said the plans for 500 new free schools would also damage education
- 54% were not confident the new baseline test for four-year-olds would provide valid information about a child’s ability
General secretary of the NUT, Christine Blower, said: “This survey demonstrates the combined, negative impact of the accountability agenda on teachers workload and morale.
“They feel that the Department for Education’s work thus far to tackle workload has been totally inadequate.
“Meanwhile, nearly one million more pupils are coming into the system over the next decade. The government’s solution so far has been to build free schools, often where there are surplus places, and to allow class sizes to grow.
“Add to this a situation where teachers are leaving in droves and The recruitment in this sector remains low. The survey show that we now have a perfect storm of crisis upon crisis in the schools system.”
She However added from the survey that many teachers felt their pay had been eroded over a long period of time, and that many were missing out on the 1% pay rise because of the tightness of school budgets.
Mr Gibb said teaching remained “a hugely popular profession with the highest numbers of people joining since 2008.