“It is shocking to see that female primary teachers have a suicide risk that is 42% above the average. While this report doesn’t attempt to explain why the risk is so high, that this toxic mix could be leading to an increase in suicides is a scandal.
“We welcome the guidance accompanying this report, and the efforts already made by school leaders and teachers through our workload campaign to develop well-being committees, and to take part in mental health first-aid training, for example, which are extremely important. But as the guidance highlights, lack of control or influence over your work is a major reason for workplace stress. The Government and its agencies need to recognise their responsibility for the increase in workplace stress that arises when policies are introduced that force teachers to jump through hoops, with too little time to understand and implement changes, and too much pressure to get it right first time.”
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