Good evening From doing a little bit of research on the current levels of teacher stress, I've stumbled onto the TES community section. It's as bad as I feared, alas. My wife has been teaching in primary for around five years. Her school has, on paper and by the criteria of the current government, become 'Outstanding', having been in 'Special Measures'. This was accomplished in a relatively short time frame - although I get the impression a move to academy status was timed in a tactful way, in delaying an inspection. Anyway, I digress. There seems to have developed a culture in which the staff are micro-managed to a level that's made most uncomfortable, and more than a few genuinely anxious. I'm told that book scrutinies and learning walks are the favourites of late. As my wife is working part time, she was told by SLT that she was not entitled to any PPA time, and she could just 'get stuff done before the kids arrived'. Having raised this issue, PPA time was dutifully added to her timetable. She was approached by a member of SLT in the corridor, and asked in a particularly demeaning way about the whereabouts of a particular piece of planning (for lessons to be delivered next week). As she has only this week been given back her PPA time, she'd forgotten to complete this particular planning. Having being out of the planning-loop since September, she'd simply failed to remember. The way she was spoken to made her cry. This member of staff then called her back into a meeting (this time with another member of SLT), to repeat the very same information. Many more tears were shed. My post isn't wholly about the above, however. Part of the reason she forgot is largely due to anxiety/depression. Given that her part time hours are not as taxing as a full time teacher, it's more the 'toxic' culture that has enveloped the school that has made her not only lose confidence in the classroom, but having trouble sleeping, become evermore forgetful, lives in fear of the next learning walk/book scrutiny/1984-esque-leadership-method, list goes on. I've noticed the gradual decline in her mental health, but my 'motivational speeches' of digging deep and getting on with it have reached their use-by-date. The sad thing is, she loves teaching. She'd like nothing more than having her professional credentials respected, and a level of autonomy in how lessons are planned & delivered. This school appears to plan in teams, so some teachers will plan lessons they'll never teach - and this has to be submitted a week before the lesson so that the actual teacher delivering the lesson can check it. She'll be seeing a GP this week, so I'm hopeful that she can be given advice from a professional. Like many here, I could probably write a book on the nature of what teachers are going through, so I shan't take up anymore of your time.