Scotland’s teachers have faced soaring levels of workload throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS).

The poll, conducted in November, found almost nine in ten teachers indicated their workload burden had gone up, while 61% said it had increased “significantly” during the period.

More than six in ten (61%) said meeting the additional support needs of pupils, including mental health support, has significantly added to their workload in the past 12 months.

The survey of more than 16,000 teachers found the vast majority (93%) work above their contracted hours each week, with almost half (45%) of full-time staff reporting they work more than eight extra hours every week.

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