Kerry Hill FCCT, National School Improvement Partner, UK
The 2021 Education Support Partnership’s Teacher Wellbeing Index again highlighted a significant concern about the levels of poor mental health within educational professionals. The report uncovered the fact that the mental wellbeing of teachers is worse now than during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that 77 per cent of teachers had experienced symptoms of poor mental health, such as depression and anxiety, due to their work. Seventy-two per cent of teachers stated that they suffered from stress as a result of their work, a figure rising to 84 per cent of senior leaders. Year on year, the Index continues to show that teachers are ‘an increasingly frustrated workforce, struggling to cope’ (Education Support Partnership, 2019, p. 3).
As a headteacher for over a decade, the effects of the demands of the current educational sector on staff mental wellbeing are visible on the ground. My last headship was based