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Teaching is one of the top three most stressful occupations

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by TES_Rosaline, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

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  2. cate50

    cate50 New commenter


    - It would be great if the goalposts didn't keep changing.
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  3. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    The never-ending changing of what's expected makes things stressful. It'd be great to just focus on the teaching, instead of continually having to change things.

    The focus on data, data, data. Figures, analysis, action plans. They don't improve what happens in the classroom, and they're entirely to provide SLT with either a stick to beat you with or a way to say 'well done'.

    Adults. The kids are the best bit, and the adults are generally the most stressful: the parental complaint because they don't think their kid should get a detention for calling you a *** as you must have provoked them somehow; the Head who's more interested in impressing Ofsted than in running the school properly; the government.
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  4. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    What is quite astonishing in the TES article on well-being, is that the director of research and impact at Teach First, Sam Freedman, is quoted as saying that he has been "surprised" and "disturbed" at how many of their participants find teaching "incredibly stressful".

    Really? This suggests a disturbing lack of insight into teaching today by someone who is supposed to be an expert.
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  5. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Oh dear! You take somebody who has been successful in one field, dump them into a difficult situation in another field in which they have no experience or proven expertise and then expect them to take to it like a duck to water.
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  6. cate50

    cate50 New commenter

    I don't think you need to be an expert in anything to realise that teaching is stressful and that teachers are perpetually worked to breaking point. Anyone who knows a teacher knows that!!!!! Even those teachers in the best state maintained schools have to deal with enormous amounts of pressure and red tape. I would suggest that many people REALISE this is the case but not everyone is prepared or willing to publicly acknowledge it. After all........ to change it would cost the earth! Can you imagine if teachers suddenly started getting TOIL or renumeration for extra time? Can you imagine if they actually sued their employers for work related illness?????????????? The government would be bankrupt within a fortnight. The pressure continues, to a large extent, because WE continue. We are emotionally held to ransom by our nature. It is well known that teachers will work that extra two hours to help their kids, spend a few of their own pennies to ensure that no child goes without and that we will rally around and pull together to cope with drastically stretched staffing and increasing workloads. Unfortunately our greatest strength is also our own undoing. We are hard workers and dedicated. And the government knows that. It knows that we won't abandon our posts to show solidarity, it knows that members will (not me I hasten to add) refuse strike action because of the impact on students and pay. It has us over a barrel of good will!
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  7. superteacherrr

    superteacherrr New commenter

    As a teacher with 5 years experience and coming from industry, without a doubt teaching is the most stressful job I have ever had!
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