Wellbeing survey highlights enormous pressures on school staff

Commenting on Education Support’s Teacher Wellbeing Index 2022, Helen Osgood, Community’s National Officer for Education & Early Years, said:

“The report is a shocking indictment of the enormous pressures on our school staff, exacerbated by the recruitment and retention crisis.

“Underpaid and overworked teachers and headteachers are caught in a vicious spiral of ever-increasing workload as disillusioned colleagues leave and schools struggle to replace them.

“With only limited resources, staff are continuing to deal with the fallout from COVID. Many children continue to suffer with mental health and emotional and behavioural issues, and frequently miss school. Teachers and support staff have to deal with that while their own mental health and wellbeing are suffering.

“75% of teachers suffering from stress is a very real health and safety issue that needs to be tackled and risk-assessed, and systems put in place to help and support struggling teachers. This cannot be allowed to continue.

“The government must act to address the recruitment and retention crisis, by funding and providing a better pay, conditions and workload deal for teachers, and more mental wellbeing support for both staff and students.”

Community’s 2021 report, The Future of Education, and ongoing campaign call from more support for school staff and children and measures to address the exodus of teachers from the profession.

Read a copy of Education Support’s Teacher Wellbeing Index 2022 report here.

If you are a member of Community and need advice or support, please contact our Service Centre at help@community-tu.org or on 0800 389 6332.

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