“The message from Ofsted and the government is that the pandemic is over, everything’s back to normal. But we’re so far from that in schools – we’re still living in the heart of it. Every day I make decisions that scare me.”

Panic attacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, overeating and tearfulness – teachers continue to face significant mental health challenges as a result of pressures at work.

This year’s Teacher Wellbeing Index report warns that the mental health of teaching staff has worsened since last year.

The annual report is published by teacher wellbeing charity Education Support and is based on a survey of almost 3,400 education staff carried out in June and July this year.

This year, it finds that 77 per cent of teachers have reported either behavioural, psychological or physical symptoms of stress, including those listed above – up from 74 per cent in 2020’s report.

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