Let’s talk numbers for a moment. At the start of 2019, teacher workload is at an all-time high. A typical teacher will spend 16 hours working from home per week to keep apace of their mounting duties. 80% of teachers are seriously considering walking away from the profession. To make matters worse, there is a shortfall of 10,800 teachers in UK secondary schools alone today.
* National Education Union Teacher Workload Survey, March 2018
Thinking about numbers… The impact of poor numeracy skills continues to impact generations and societal and economic prosperity. One in five adults in England are classed as innumerate, with poor numeracy skills leaving individuals with lower social capital. With this, the odds of being unemployed are doubled, with the impact on productivity in the workplace costing the UK economy an eye-watering 20.2 billion pounds every year.**
** Skills for Life 2011; PIAAC 2014; National Numeracy YouGov Survey 2014
Education Technology has the potential to make significant improvements to the teaching and learning experience to help change all of this.