‘Teachers feel like they’re being watched all the time’

Fear among staff that they aren’t trusted to do their job is a key factor in the epidemic of work-related stress and mental ill-health, say experts

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The idea that teachers are suffering an epidemic of worked-related stress – with an inevitable impact on recruitment and retention – is well documented.

Workload is the factor most commonly cited as an explanation. But those helping teachers with mental health problems believe the causes could be more complicated.

Teachers have always worked hard, they point out. What is new is what they describe as a culture of constant surveillance.

Teachers feel that they are not trusted to do their jobs well, and that they are not in control of what their job entails. They are also subject to a range of ...

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