Teacher wellbeing ‘on a knife edge’ after stress of pandemic

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A teacher lays out exams at Fulham Boys School  (REUTERS)
A teacher lays out exams at Fulham Boys School (REUTERS)

The pandemic has caused lasting damage to teachers’ wellbeing, new research suggests, with a rise in the number of school staff saying they are suffering from lost confidence and unmanageable workloads.

In the UK, 67 per cent of teachers said their workload is not manageable — compared to 36 per cent across the rest of the world.

And only 38 per cent of school staff in the UK now feel confident in their roles, compared to 79 per cent last year, according to results of the 2022 Tes (Times Educational Supplement) staff wellbeing survey. Almost 3,000 teachers in the UK were questioned for the research.

It also found that almost half of staff said they do not feel adequately supported at work.

Grainne Hallahan, Tes senior analyst said: “This shows the damaging effects of the pandemic on the wellbeing of school staff are going to be with us for some time. Teacher wellbeing is on a knife edge.”

It comes as headteachers called on the Government to review plans for A-levels and GCSEs this summer to take into account how much schooling children have missed as a result of the Omicron variant.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said the Department for Education needs to take “greater consideration” of how the pandemic had affected students, and release advance information about the topics covered in papers.

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