Wales Online is reporting that new figures have shown that teachers in Wales last year took almost 52,000 days off school due to stress-related illness.
Research conducted by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Cymru found that there were 51,795 school days lost last year and only six Welsh councils lost less than 1,000 teacher days due to stress.
Based on an average cost of £170 per day for supply cover, the NUT Cymru said the figures mean around £34.4m has been spent by schools over the last four years to fill the void.
The union’s secretary David Evans said: “Workload-induced stress among teachers is seemingly getting worse in Wales.”
“We can’t continually expect the teaching profession to deliver record-breaking results when we are seeing record-breaking levels of mental ill health problems due to the pressures they are being placed under.”
“This is all at a time where school budgets are at breaking point. As things stand we are bordering on a crisis in the profession.”
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