Three in Four Parents Satisfied with Teacher Performance

Feb 24, 2010

A new survey published yesterday by The Teaching Council found that while most parents are happy with teacher performance, there are some who believe teachers do their jobs badly or very badly.

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Satisfaction Levels for Teachers

In October 2009, the Teaching Council commissioned a survey on the teaching profession. The findings from the survey, which was carried out by an independent market research company known as IReach Market Research, were published yesterday on the Teaching Council website.

One thousand respondents from a nationally representative panel of 15,000 were chosen to participate in the survey. Nearly half of those chosen are parents and just over 10 percent are teachers or former teachers.

When survey respondents were asked how they felt about teacher job performance, 64% said they were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied.' Twelve percent were 'dissatisfied' or 'very dissatisfied.' Interestingly, satisfaction levels were slightly higher among respondents who are parents.

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Source: The Teaching Council

Parents and guardians were also asked how well or badly teachers did their job. Nearly 75% thought teachers do their jobs either 'well' or 'very well.' Eight percent disagreed, saying that teachers do their job 'badly' or 'very badly.'

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Source: The Teaching Council

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Views on the Teaching Profession

The Teaching Council survey also asked respondents about opinions on the teaching profession as a whole. More than 95% of all respondents felt that teaching required a medium to high level of skill. Eighty percent also agreed that teachers 'play an important role in our society.'

Almost half of the respondents said that they felt parents expect 'too much' of teachers and 28% said that students expect 'too much.' However, 59% of those polled agreed that teachers are 'well paid' for the job they do.

Teaching Council CEO Aine Lawlor commented on the survey on the organization's website, saying she 'welcomed' the findings and felt the results affirmed the 'wonderful work' teachers do.

'I'm particularly pleased that parents appear to have greater understanding of the complexity of the role and the skill level required,' Lawlor said, 'and it's likely that this comes as a result of their direct experience of and involvement with teachers.'

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