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Autonomy, workload, wellbeing, Covid: A third of teachers say they will quit in next five years

A third of teachers intend to quit in the next five years, new research suggests, with workload and a lack of autonomy once again among the key factors. However, the findings offer insights into how schools might effectively reduce workload too. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Mental wellbeing at work consists of a 10-minute mindfulness session rather than dealing with excessive workload or pointless data grabs."


There are fresh concerns over the state of mind and wellbeing of our nation’s teachers after a third said that they would definitely quit in the next five years.

Research involving 10,700 teachers from across England and Wales found that 70 per cent report an increased workload during the pandemic, while 95 per cent are concerned about their wellbeing.

Conducted by the National Education Union (NEU), the research found that 35 per cent said they would definitely be quitting in the next five years.

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