Stress, is it a female thing?

19th January 2001 at 00:00
TES Online provides an excellent opportunity for UK citizens working abroad to keep in touch with educational research and developments occuring within the UK. John Cairney (TESS, December 15), writing on teacher stress, cited 69 referrals in West Dunbartonshire regarding teacher bullying, 33 of them from the primary sector.

He quotes Bob Cook, head of educational resources and development, as saying, "Perhaps women suffer more from stress". My questions are: "What percentage of primary teachers are women?" and "What percentage of administrators are men?" Similarly, in the secondary sector, How does the male-female ratio compare in administration?" It would be interesting to compare how many of the bullying referrals came from teachers in long-term temporary contracts and to examine the male-female ratio of teachers working on such contracts. Here in the United States senior and school administrators lay off long-term temporary staff for one week during the examination period to avoid tenure.

As most long-term teachers are female and resident in the area, they have little choice other than to accept what they were offered.

Helen Strachan

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