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Covid-19: Teacher mental health and wellbeing suffers whilst lack of appreciation or guidance leaves profession struggling

17th September 2020

Half of the UK’s school teachers (52%) say their mental health declined during the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic whilst 67% of senior leaders working on-site at a school or college said the lack of timely government guidance was a key challenge for them throughout. 

The findings, based on a YouGov survey commissioned by charity Education Support are part of a special investigation into the wellbeing of the sector during the crisis. It forms part of the upcoming Teacher Wellbeing Index to be published later this year.

Comment on proposals for schools to begin reopening from 1 June

13th May 2020

Commenting on the government’s proposals for schools to begin reopening from 1 June, Sinéad Mc Brearty, CEO of Education Support said:

“As keyworkers, teachers and other education staff have responded remarkably to this unprecedented crisis, showing enormous determination, adaptability, kindness and care. Many continue to work at physical school sites; the rest are working hard to teach and support our children remotely.

Coronavirus: Teachers experiencing high levels of stress as school uncertainty continues

30th April 2020

Over half of primary school teachers (59 per cent) and 49 per cent of secondary teachers have expressed higher levels of stress and anxiety at the beginning of this summer term than usual. The findings come as uncertainty and media speculation around schools re–opening continues unabated. 

Three quarters of North West’s teachers suffering from work stress

13th February 2020

Research by the charity Education Support in partnership with YouGov has revealed that 75 per cent of the region’s teachers describe themselves as stressed because of their jobs.1

Half (55 per cent) said they had experienced insomnia/difficulty sleeping in the past year and 50 per cent had difficulties concentrating.  

Additional support offered to school leaders and staff to help implement new relationships and sex education

30th January 2020

Leading education organisations are meeting today (30 Jan) to discuss the emotional support which could be offered to staff involved in the national rollout of compulsory changes to relationship, sex and health education in England.

Five new trustees appointed

4th December 2019

Education Support, the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all education staff in schools, colleges and universities, has appointed five new trustees, as the 142-year old charity embarks on its ‘most ambitious strategy to date’.

Work-related stress in the teaching profession has increased for a third consecutive year

11th November 2019

Work-related stress in the teaching profession has increased for a third consecutive year, with sharp rises in tearfulness, difficulty sleeping and irritability amongst education professionals across the UK.

Charity extends Helpline support to trainee teachers

16th July 2019

Education Support has expanded its free and confidential helpline service to include access for all trainee teachers.

UK charity receives record number of helpline calls from teachers in crisis

16th May 2019

A charity that supports teachers and other staff working in education has experienced its highest number of calls ever to its emotional support helpline in the past 12 months.

Comment on DfE Expert Advisory Group for Teacher and Leader Mental Health

15th March 2019

In a speech today (15 March 2019) at the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham, the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, will announce the creation of a new Expert Advisory Group, chaired by the Department for Education, to advise the Department, Multi-Academy Trusts and local authorities on the wellbeing of school and college leaders and teachers.