Last month we brought to you the first in our series of five sponsored posts via the Teachers’ Pet blog. In our blog post, we introduced to you the findings of the latest Teachers Assurance research survey, which questioned over 700 of the country’s teachers about the stress and pressure levels they were experiencing.
The research we conducted highlighted the overwhelming levels of stress that teachers were feeling – however the findings didn’t stop there. One of the more worrying results from our survey was that of the teachers we spoke to, a staggering 76% felt their high stress levels were having detrimental repercussions on their life.
Teachers told us that they were feeling lots of varied repercussions as a result of their high stress levels, however some of the most common answers included feeling constantly tired (83%), arguing more with partners and friends (40%) and even feeling less able to perform their role (42%).
These negative repercussions were found to be caused by a number of contributing reasons, including work, financial, health and personal worries. While there were many causes for the stress, what was clear from our findings is that teachers’ lives are being negatively affected as a result of the pressures they are under, and that these affects are very serious.
Resident life coach for NHS Online Health and professional stress and wellbeing expert, Jayne Morris provided her thoughts on our research findings, and how these levels can affect both teachers themselves and the overall economy. “Fatigue is incredibly detrimental to a teacher’s ability to carry out their work effectively, which in turn negatively affects the quality of their teaching. On average 13.2 days sick leave are taken per teacher in the UK. This substantial amount of absenteeism depletes the British economy due to the unprecedented costs on our medical and social support systems.”
Check back for the next in our series of blogs when we share more of our findings, including the overwhelming levels of financial stress identifies within the teaching profession.
For more information about Teachers Assurance, please visit http://www.teachersassurance.co.uk or call on 0800 056 0563.