Newly qualified - and stressed out;Update;Research Notes

24th April 1998 at 01:00
Surveys, studies and reports examined by Reva Klein

New primary teachers who qualified through one-year post-graduate courses suffer more stress than their BEd counterparts. This is the conclusion of a study by Richard Cains of West Sussex Psychological Service and Chris Brown from Hull University.

The researchers, who worked from questionnaires given to 76 newly qualified teachers in two education authorities at the end of their first year, found that PGCE-trained teachers felt more stress than their BEd colleagues when dealing with abused children, those with home problems, bullying, pupils with learning difficulties, large classes and having to face the implications of mistakes they had made.

There were some similarities between the two groups, too. Both found that mixed-ability classes, poor feedback on their teaching, taking work home and the inability to switch off at home frequently caused stress.

Cains and Brown conclude: ". . . it may well be that different kinds of support and different degrees of emphasis may prove to be necessary for BEd and PGCE-trained newly qualified teachers".

For further details, contact Chris Brown, Department of Educational Studies, Hull University, Hull HU6 7RX.

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