Harassed teachers turn to support service

first_imgConflicts with colleagues, bullying by managers and work pressures aredriving thousands of teachers to call a telephone and web-based support line. While pupil misbehaviour was a key stressor among teachers, relationshipsbetween staff were as pressing an issue, the Teacher Support Network (TSN)found. The support service has helped 76,000 teachers in England and Wales over thepast four years. Four-fifths of all the enquiries came from women, and lastyear, 30,000 teachers sought help either by phone or online. The main reason for contacting the service was conflict (10.2 per cent) –conflicts with managers accounted for two-thirds of cases, and a quarter withcolleagues. Workload or hours worked accounted for 4.8 per cent, pupilbehaviour for 4.3 per cent, and long-term sick leave accounted for 4.2 percent. The largest single group of callers to the service were newly-qualifiedteachers, who accounted for a fifth of all enquiries, with stress, anxiety anddepression accounting for the highest number of calls. More than 2,200 calls were from teachers on sick leave, who often felt theyhad failed or were letting people down. Harassed teachers turn to support serviceOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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