Guardian – Education

How to spot if you or colleagues are stressed: tell-tale signs for teachers

Mental health problems are on the rise in teaching. But what early stress warning signs should you look out for in yourself and others?

It goes without saying that there is a direct correlation between teacher workload and stress levels, and both are currently unprecedentedly high. It’s also no coincidence that over the past few years hundreds of good teachers have been signed off with long-term sickness or quit altogether. Having been on the receiving end of a doctor’s note for stress and anxiety twice in my eight-year career. I’ve no desire to experience this for the third time, so here are some of the early warning signs I’ve learned to watch out for. Read More

Managing teacher stress [March 2012]

Teaching is a naturally stressful profession but with colleague support you can learn to manage it creatively and positively.
We chose our profession. It is a naturally stressful profession. The law requires that children (25 or more) spend five or six periods a day (in small rooms); five days a week, three terms a year. Teachers have to lead, guide, encourage, motivate, manage, discipline, enable and support their students every hour of every day. This is no mean feat. Most of us do it with goodwill, remarkable patience and – often – good humour. Read more

Rise in teachers off work with stress – and union warns of worse to come [Dec 2012]

Unions plan meeting in new year to consider strike as NUT says government cuts add to pressure on staff

The number of teachers taking stress leave has increased by 10% over the past four years, with 15 local authorities seeing a 50% rise in stress-related absences, according to statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said the findings reflected the pressure teachers were under and warned austerity measures were placing additional strain on staff. Read More

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