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Stressed teachers ‘struggling to cope’ with work pressures

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Food, booze and cash are among the things that stressed teachers are turning to in a bid to cope with the pressures of the profession, a report has shown.

In a study of 1,500 teachers by the Education Support Partnership about mental health in education, half (47 per cent) said they had turned to food, a third (32 per cent) to alcohol and 22 per cent to unnecessary spending to help cope with stress. More than a third who said they used alcohol were headteachers or senior leaders.

A total of 31 per cent of teachers have experienced a mental health problem in the past academic year, and more ...

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