The pandemic has changed the role of teachers.
There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a significant impact on teaching and learning, and this report highlights the experiences of teaching staff during this period. Now is the perfect time to utilise these insights to build a robust future for a digitally capable sector.
- Two-thirds of teachers were offered support with online teaching during the pandemic; however, 73% said this added significant new stress to their workload, leading to anxiety and exhaustion.
- 76% of staff felt that online teaching changed their role as a teacher by having to consider the delivery of the class and technical challenges their students may face. Furthermore, 44% of respondents received guidance about the digital skills needed in their role, with only 15% receiving an assessment of these needs.
- Online teaching caused technical challenges for 82% of staff, with many experiencing problems on several occasions. Not all respondents could access the online systems and services required, and over half had wi-fi issues.
- Over half of the teaching staff felt they were not given enough time to explore new digital tools and 67% felt they were not rewarded or recognised for the digital skills they’ve had to develop.
- 59% of respondents felt their teaching environment was safe and secure. These responses were less optimistic than desired. High numbers of teaching staff gave ambivalent responses or disagreed, indicating room for improvement.
- Overall, teaching staff are pleased with online learning quality, with 84% rating it as ‘best imaginable’, ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
Although there have been evident struggles for teaching staff, some key recommendations in the report will enhance the education sector if implemented.