A cautious thumbs up for teachers

A cautious thumbs up for teachers

A majority (52%) back the teachers? right to strike for better treatment or wages, although a considerable minority of one in three (32%) generally think that teachers are too important a profession to be allowed to go on strike.

Broadly speaking, the public seem to think teachers are paid around the right amount at present (42%), although one in four (24%) think their pay is too low. This could partially be down to the relative contentment with how well teachers do their job. 38% think teachers generally do their jobs well, compared to only 12% that think they do their job badly. Parents are even more satisfied with their own child?s teachers; with a majority (51%) thinking their children?s teachers do their job well.

When asked about the issues facing British schools, the problem of poor teaching came relatively low down the list of responses picked (21%). A large proportion (57%) think that discipline is the biggest issue facing British schools today, followed at some distance by those who think lack of parental support is one of the biggest problems (36%).

Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,004 UK adults. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria. The research was conducted from 13rd to 16th September 2013.