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Percentage of school leaders, by region, who think the perception of the profession has got worse and has negatively affected the number of people applying for teacher positions: 57% 57% 62% What would do most to get people into teaching? A better work-life balance would be one of the most effective ways to boost teaching applications, according to 79% of school leaders. This finding builds on our survey last year, when 44% of primary school leaders and 42% of secondary leaders said that workload was one of the main three reasons teachers leave their school. The DfE’s 2016 teacher workload survey 26 shows the extent of the problem. On average, classroom teachers and middle leaders reported 69% that they work 54.4 hours a week, and it seems that newer, less experienced teachers are spending significantly more time working outside of school hours than more experienced 57% – North east 57% – North west 63% 72% colleagues. While there is scope to become more efficient as time passes, statistics such as these can do little to entice more people into the profession. 62% – Yorkshire and Humber 69% – East Midlands 63% – West Midlands 72% – East of England 65% – London 72% – South east 72% – South west 72% 65% 72% Workload is a complex issue 27 , but the DfE has now taken more concrete steps to address it. It has released an updated action plan 28 for reducing teacher workload, and a poster 29 to bust myths on marking, planning and data management. Will we see a combined effort between the government and schools to tackle this prevailing issue? The challenge now is for school leaders to find the time to implement these recommendations and assess the impact they have in their settings. STATE OF EDUCATION 2017 | WWW.STATEOFED.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM PAGE 38