Call for increased teacher efficacy to counter rise in work-related stress

Accountability and education reforms must promote increased levels of trust, autonomy and teacher efficacy and development if we are to beat the rising tide of stress in the profession.

The recommendation is from the annual Teacher Wellbeing Index, which has revealed that work-related stress among teachers has risen in the last 12 months, with notable increases in reports of tearfulness and difficulty sleeping.

Published this week by the charity Education Support, the annual index report is now in its third year and tracks mental health and wellbeing trends among UK teachers.

The report finds that 34 per cent report having experienced a mental health problem in the past year – up from 31 per cent in 2018. However, it also reveals that 39 per cent of teachers would not talk to anyone at work about mental health issues for fear of stigma.

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