The workload and wellbeing crisis in schools is not down to a lack of resilience or competence on the part of teachers and the government’s response must reflect this. Dr Patrick Roach pleads with ministers to act now


Excessive workload has a major impact on teachers’ health, safety and wellbeing and undermines teachers’ ability to teach effectively.

Long working hours and the onerous and impossible demands being placed on teachers have left many feeling highly disillusioned in a job they love.

We have seen the huge toll that high workloads and high-stakes accountability have on the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and school leaders.

Teachers are increasingly telling us that the additional demands associated with the pandemic mean they are expected to work harder and longer. And, constant change, last-minute decision-making, and a lack of practical support or the resources needed from the government don’t help.

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