Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Intolerable Level of Pressure

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Intolerable Level of Pressure

Article excerpt

The story of tears, depression and pressure from above is not unique to the teaching profession.

Indeed, many North-Easterners in other lines of work will identify colleagues, or perhaps even themselves, as being similarly stressed.

What is astonishing, however, is the claim that one in three teachers have fallen victim to mental health problems.

Furthermore, the National Union of Teachers yesterday also revealed that drug addiction, eating disorders and obsessive behaviours are commonly found among its members.

Whatever else is going on in the country's classrooms, there is clearly a whole lot of grief accompanying it that those whose days pass inside them could well do without.

And the blame for that, the consensus seems to be, rests with demands on teachers that change as frequently as they increase, thanks to a Government that simply cannot make its mind up.

Like parents and employers, most politicians appear to recognise that there is no more responsible job than education, especially when it involves young people who will go on to shape the country's future. …

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