Staff wellbeing: ‘We are witnessing the slow disintegration of the workforce’

Insomnia, mood swings, over-eating, tearfulness, recurring headaches, difficulty concentrating – welcome to life as a teacher in 2022.

The latest Teacher Wellbeing Index (TWIX) reveals that 72% of teachers are stressed and 76% have experienced mental health symptoms due to their work.

The figures rise further still when it comes to senior leaders (87% and 84% respectively).

The TWIX study is published annually by the teacher wellbeing charity Education Support. Responding to the findings, CEO Sinéad McBrearty said this week that we are witnessing “the slow disintegration of the workforce”.

This year’s report finds that a third (36%) of staff have experienced a mental health issue in the last academic year, while 59% of teachers and 67% of senior leadership have considered quitting in the last year.

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