More than 40% of the general public think they’d make a good teacher

Of these people, 44% said it was because they were good at explaining things, 40% thought they could make learning fun, and 39% believed they could relate to others.

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The survey involved more than 3,000 members of the public

A new survey has shown that 44% of the public believe they have traits that would make for being “a good teacher.”

The survey, commissioned by the Department for Education as part of its Get into Teaching campaign, found that, of these people, 44% said it was because they were good at explaining things, while 40% thought they could make learning fun and 39% believed they could relate to others.

Campaign spokesperson Roger Pope said a career in teaching could give "a wider sense of fulfilment and worth".

He said: "A large proportion of people believe they would make a good teacher and see the draw and rewards of a career that can have an impact on so many."

However, a teaching union has criticised the survey for not asking the right question.

Andrew Morris, assistant general secretary of NEU teaching union, said: “It’s a shame that the survey didn’t ask people why they don’t go into teaching despite thinking they could do a good job.

“Tackling excessive workload, ending the punitive inspection system and improving pay would all help persuade more people into teaching."

The survey, commissioned by the Department for Education as part of its Get into Teaching campaign, found that, of these people, 44% said it was because they were good at explaining things, while 40% thought they could make learning fun and 39% believed they could relate to others.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said the survey was “encouraging” and that it was interesting that, given the results, the profession was still facing a recruitment crisis.

She said: “Perhaps these individuals are put off by the stories we often see about teachers suffering from burnout due to crushing workloads and attacks on their professionalism.

“If teachers’ pay and working conditions do not recognise them as professionals then it will not be possible to recruit and retain a high-quality teaching workforce.

"The DfE may be rejoicing the fact that so many people feel they could be a teacher, but if they don’t actually follow through with this, there is nothing to celebrate.”

In the survey, which involved more than 3,000 members of the public, excluding teachers and retirees, 40% of people who believed they could be good teachers said it was because they enjoyed working with young people. 

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