Latest research suggests one third of teachers considering leaving the profession
New research has revealed that one third of teachers are experiencing “unbearable pressure” which could lead them to quit the profession completely.
The research, commissioned by niche insurer, Ecclesiastical Insurance, found that staff in primary, secondary and independent schools had been affected by pandemic pressures, with 64 per cent feeling overwhelmed by demands to help their pupils catch up from lost learning caused by school closures.
More than half (56 per cent) claimed the pandemic had resulted in additional workload pressures, whilst two thirds said juggling the demands of delivering online lessons, supporting pupils with online learning fatigue and meeting expectations had led to increased stress levels.
Around six in 10 respondents felt their school could do more to support staff wellbeing whilst 24 per cent of respondents said they received no additional support whatsoever.
Two in five teachers admitted the pressures meant they were struggling to cope, with 34 per cent considering their futures in teaching.
The survey also found that 70 per cent of teachers were worried about the risks of catching Covid-19.
Faith Kitchen, Education Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “Teachers have been faced with the monumental task of keeping pupils engaged and motivated through virtual learning.
“Now they must navigate the stresses and strains of physical teaching with additional safety measures in place.
“It is clear that these huge challenges are pushing a number of teachers to breaking point. With long hours, health concerns and supporting pupils’ anxieties, teachers are understandably feeling the effects on their own mental health.
“This is a serious risk to schools and administrators and leaders need to make sure there is sufficient support for their staff, as pupils complete the rest of the year. They should also ensure that there are contingency plans to ease the pressure on teachers, should the country go into another lockdown.” Contact Haslers Education Team.