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Friday, 3 November, 2000, 19:56 GMT
Long holiday myth dispelled
Teacher at work
Working with children is what teachers value most, research found
Contrary to popular opinion, long holidays are the least important perk for teachers, new research suggests.

Working with children, followed by good relationships with colleagues, appear to be the aspects of the job teachers value most.

Teachers were asked to evaluate a list of 12 areas which brought them job satisfaction for the survey, carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Pay was 11th on the list - well below warm relations with pupils and intellectual challenge which came third and fourth respectively.

The survey backed up earlier research that prospective teachers were likely to be young, female and have "poorer" A-level grades.

The study also showed that up to 30% of undergraduates consider going into teaching.

Heavy workloads, poor pay and conditions and a bad press were the issues which did least for teachers' morale.

"All these findings accord totally with private surveys we have done," general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Nigel de Gruchy, said.

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