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Cortisol Test for Teacher Stress

Discussion in 'Education news' started by MrMedia, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    I was reflecting on that show which demonstrated Sam Alladyce's cortisol levels went through the roof and thought - I bet teachers could be tested to show levels of cortisol. All very well saying workload, pay, conditions, etc., they will Jeremy Hunt-style face you down. But teachers' cortisol levels? That's a positivist, scientific, comparable measurement.

    Well, turns out there is something called hair cortisol. So we could get teachers to have their hair tested for cortisol levels over periods of time and match that to the school year. Presumably there are recommended levels for cortisol?

    Any science teachers able to advise here? Could be a nice little study paper. The testing seems to be fairly easy to arrange through companies such as Salimetrics.
  2. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Teachers shown to have high levels of cortisol clearly can't cope and will be on the next bus to the Job Centre.
  3. Ambivalence

    Ambivalence New commenter

    Sadly true I suspect ... even when it is generated by self centred governmental/management policies rather than educational benefit.
  4. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Coming to a performance management appraisal near you.;)
    sabrinakat likes this.
  5. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Oh dear. I am sure people who work for the Harris chain might be up for donating a little piece of stressed hair to see just what is causing that turnover. You don't think perchance they are losing a lot of experienced people on the UPS and replacing them with UQTs by any chance? Pay that trustee a bonus!

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