Everybody recognises that one of the key factors affecting the quality of education a child receives is the quality of the teacher in front of them. So it ought to worry all of us that a survey of teachers carried out by YouGov has found teacher morale is currently very low (click image to read the full story in the Guardian). A Department of Education spokesman tried to put a brave face on it but there can be no doubt that teachers believe they are not valued by this government and oppose all its major policies including academies, free schools, the EBACC Certificate and, less surprising perhaps, changes in teacher pensions and the abolition of national pay negotiations.
Depressing for Michael Gove, but no great surprise to those of us who also oppose his policies, the picture is no better in academies and ‘free’ schools: only 13% of those teachers thought the government was taking education in the right direction. Whilst a few have applied for jobs in academies since they converted, most staff in these schools were there already, effectively ‘hi-jacked’ by an ambitious or ideologically-motivated head. They have seen Gove’s future and, as far as they are concerned, it doesn’t work.