Sky News is reporting that teachers have considered self-harming or quit the profession because of bullying by colleagues, new research suggests.
Data from the NASUWT reveals four in five teachers have been bullied in the past year.
The teaching union says bullying in the workplace is ruining the lives of teachers – leaving many feeling depressed, anxious, lacking confidence and having to medical help or turning to drugs and alcohol to help them cope.
The majority of cases involved bullying by headteachers, senior leaders or line managers.
One teacher said: “It has been horrific. I genuinely thought about harming myself so I wouldn’t have to attend work.”
Nearly half of those surveyed (45%) had visited their GP to cope with the bullying, while 18% said they had turned to prescribed drugs and 17% had used alcohol.
More than half (52%) had experienced depression because of bullying, with 41% saying it had affected their ability to deliver high-quality lessons.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said: “No teacher should face bullying or ill-treatment in the workplace, and schools have a duty to protect their staff.
“Our Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, launched in January, focuses on the wellbeing of school and college staff and in particular the importance of developing supportive cultures.”
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