Teacher stress levels in England ‘soaring’, data shows [Mar 2015]

Stress levels among teachers in England’s classrooms are soaring, a BBC investigation has found.

Unions are blaming workload for large numbers of staff taking time off work or leaving the profession.

Insurance industry data suggests stress is the biggest cause of staff absence save for maternity.

The Department for Education insists it is working “to tackle the issue of unnecessary workload which we know can lead to stress”. Read More


Stressed teachers being ‘reduced to tears’ [Oct 2015]

Stressed teachers are being reduced to tears and not being helped with their workload, a teachers’ leader says.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, says she has been told of one teacher crying every night at home and another being ordered not to burst into tears in the staffroom.

She added that teachers are often expected to work extra hours at home.

And she called on head teachers to back their staff, while ministers have pledged to reduce unnecessary workload. Read More

Warning over state of teachers’ mental health [Mar 2016]

One in 10 teachers say they have been prescribed anti-depressant drugs to cope with the pressure of their jobs, says a teachers’ union survey.

The NASUWT survey of over 5,000 teachers found 22% had increased their alcohol intake and 21% had consumed more caffeine in response to stress.

The poll found 7% had used or increased their reliance on prescription drugs.

The findings come as the NASUWT’s annual conference debates the impact of workload on teachers’ health.

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West Midlands teacher stress absences rise by nearly 300 [May 2015]

The number of teachers in the West Midlands signed off work because of stress or depression has risen by nearly 300 in five years, according to information obtained by the BBC.

A fifth of teacher and staff absences were due to stress. In Walsall, in 2013-14, almost half of the 10,369 days of staff illness were stress-related.

In Herefordshire, one member of staff was off for 16-and-a-half months.

Ofsted said it was “essential” schools helped teachers manage their workload. Read More