This figure jumps to 27 per cent for government teachers compared to 22 per cent of faith based school teachers and 11 per cent of private school educators.
On a positive note, teachers are passionate and love their jobs with 96 per cent of educators who find teaching very rewarding and 91 percent are very satisfied or satisfied with their profession according to new research.
The report, a joint initiative between ASG and the Australian College of Educators (ACE) surveyed 380 teachers' views on testing curriculum, stress, wellbeing, support, engagement, satisfaction, technology and opportunity and also revealed almost half of educators (49 per cent) believe there is too much standardised testing (e.g. NAPLAN) at schools, while only three per cent of teachers surveyed believe there is too little.
When school types are factored in, 61 per cent of faith based school teachers believe the amount of standardised testing is about right, compared to 45 per cent of private school educators and 42 per cent of government school teachers.
Almost a quarter of teachers (23 per cent) also believe the amount of homework students receive is too much, while 10 per cent believe there is not enough homework.
The ASG-ACE Teachers Report Card discovered 48 per cent of educators feel stressed either most of the time or fairly often in a typical week, while faith based school teachers say they have the worst work-life balance, with 74 per cent reporting a typical week is either less balanced than they would like or not balanced at all.
In relation to opportunity, the research discovered 49 per cent of government school educators believe students are missing out on educational opportunities either very often or often because of their parent’s financial situation.
Overall, 38 per cent of teachers feel this way.
The report also found 47 per cent of government school educators believe the level of infrastructure at their school is either inadequate or non-existent, compared to 24 per cent of private school teachers and 21 per cent of faith based faith based school educators.
ASG CEO John Velegrinis says the report comprehensively measured teachers’ opinions on a range of topics.
“Teachers play a valuable and inspirational role in the development of our young people and it’s essential their views are heard and discussed.
"The worst thing we can do is ignore the opinions of our teachers who are playing a critical role in shaping the future of Australia,” Velegrinis said.
The Australian College of Educators is a professional association that represents teachers across all sectors and systems.
CEO Helen Jentz said educators must be provided with the resources they need to shine.
“It’s clear many teachers face and overcome a range of challenges on a daily basis.
“It’s heartening the vast majority of teachers feel satisfied and are proud of what they do, but more needs to be done. We all have a role to play to ensure investment, infrastructure and technology opportunities at schools are improved, student and parent engagement levels rise and the standing of the teaching profession is more valued by the broader public,” Jentz said.
The Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) is a member owned organisation, helping to create educational opportunities for children and has been helping families and their children for more than 40 years. During this time, more than 530,000 children have been enrolled with ASG.
The Australian College of Educators (ACE) provides a collective voice for all Australian educators.
It advocates, leads and drives positive change and encourages open, collaborative discussion to enable their broad membership to provide the best outcomes for Australian students across all levels of education.