Record levels of stress ‘put teachers at breaking point’

Teachers are suffering from more severe psychological problems than at any point this century, experts have warned. In an alarming report they reveal the school workforce is being pushed to “breaking point”. The Observer reports

Education Support, a charity that gives mental health help to education professionals, predicts school standards will fall and mental health problems in the classroom will multiply if the government does not act quickly to offer teachers more support.

Seen exclusively by the Observer, the charity’s teacher wellbeing index indicates that stress levels among teachers and school leaders have ratcheted up for the third consecutive year to the highest levels ever. Nearly three-quarters of teachers and 84% of school leaders now describe themselves as “stressed”, and more than a third of education professionals have experienced a mental health issue in the past academic year. Almost half (49%) believe their workplace is having a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

Chief executive, Sinéad Mc Brearty said: “We are beyond ‘crisis’. We are in a state of distress.” If the situation continued, she warned, it would result in “burnt-out leaders on an industrial scale” and schools would face huge problems recruiting and retaining staff.

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  1. Hi There,
    In my ‘humble opinion there is not enough ‘humor’ in everyone’s daily life, especially schools. It’s not allowed. But there should always be a balance in daily lives, for ‘pupils and teachers’. Emotional pressure and stress dissipates with humor, Singing the ‘right’ songs, ‘pupils and teachers together’ first thing in the morning can install a ‘teachers and a pupil bond’. Children laughing, in a happy environment and empowering themselves for the day ahead can be achieved through singing the right songs.

    Me My Body And I’ by Mick J. Clark

    Have a laugh, and get rid of your stress, and be educated.

    Have A Great Day,

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