Coping with Stress as a Professional in Education
Those of us who are not teachers can all assume that a career in education can be equal parts hugely rewarding and stressful. But do you know to what extent those working in education experience stress? According to Teach Wellbeing Index 2018 in the past year 76% of education professionals stated that they have experienced stress symptoms due to their work compared to 60% of other professions.
Why Are Teachers So Stressed?
High workload is a given when you decide to become a teacher, however, the reality is often much higher than expected. Workload is the biggest complaint from employees in the education sector as it can lead to a host of other problems, it is therefore no surprise that it is cited as the main reason teachers leave their jobs.
Having a high workload results in less time throughout the day to complete tasks and causes teachers to work more unpaid overtime than any other profession. 29% of teachers work more that 51 hours in the average week (only 2% are actually contracted to work these hours) which is understandably closely linked to stress.
The difficulty to complete daily tasks within working hours can mean that teachers cannot ‘switch off’. 74% consider the inability to switch off to be another main contributor to a negative work-life balance. Also, working intensively over fewer weeks of the year means heavy periods of stress compared to those with a steady work schedule throughout the year.
Increased accountability can be another major factor contributing to both stress and workload. Accountability can very often can be passed down the line, meaning that those who feel they’re at the bottom of the chain of command, can feel like accountability is imposed rather than achieved.
How To Relieve Stress as a Teacher
While some may argue that there is much more the Government can do to reduce teacher stress, the new Ed-Tech strategy will encourage the education sector to work together with tech companies and utilise the power of technology to cut teacher workload and support professional development.