Increasing Your Job Satisfaction as an Educational Professional


You’re fresh-faced after enjoying a well-earned summer break, and ready to start the teaching year with a bang. But with the general consensus over teacher’s working lives being resoundingly negative, maintaining that positive attitude over the coming months could be a struggle.

In March the Guardian published the results of their teacher survey, and it wasn’t a pretty picture.

With 60-hour weeks being common practise, an unhealthy work-life balance was one of the biggest complaints. Concerns over undue pressure on head teachers and increasing workloads are also damaging career progression.

The most concerning result was the record number of respondents who were seriously considering leaving the teaching profession. With staff shortages already affecting schools and pupils, this is an issue the government should be putting serious time and energy into solving.

But we could be waiting a long time before we see the effects of any policy alterations or structural changes. As the teaching year commences, now’s the time to take matters into your own hands and improve your job satisfaction.

Become the next leader

This seems like a big ask but it’s easier than you think. Believing in yourself and your opinions about what could improve teacher’s lives is important, and having the appropriate qualifications will lend your voice more weight.

Undertaking a course in Educational Leadership and Management might seem like a left-of-centre choice, but it’ll allow you to progress to a level where you can actually implement changes.

Studying online around your already busy schedule will require dedication, but the payoff makes it worthwhile. Even the act of trying something new will give you some much needed focus and satisfaction if you’re feeling trapped in a slump.

Fall back in love with teaching

It may not always feel like it but your headteacher is as concerned as you are about the future, and many schools are starting to respond. Schemes to reduce marking by increasing one-to-one feedback systems have proved successful in some English primary schools, as have decisions to shut the school building at 5.30pm.

Similar changes may be rolled out across the nation if these pilot schemes prove successful, but until then putting effort into improving your mental attitude is also key. Talk to your peers and family about your concerns or achievements, and always be honest with your employer about your needs.

If you’re struggling at the moment, asking for help is the surest way of receiving a helping hand. Recent headlines prove you’re not alone, so stay positive and focus on realising productive changes that’ll make a big difference to your career and long term happiness.


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