Commenting on the findings of a YouGov survey commissioned by Education Support, showing the teaching profession to feel unsupported and unappreciated, and the high numbers experiencing worsening mental health under the pandemic, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“It is deplorable that the actions of Government and the Department for Education during a national crisis have left school leaders, teachers and educational professionals feeling both unsupported and with worsening mental health. This is hardly surprising given the catalogue of unclear advice and lack of support that the Government has provided, very often tardily, to schools and colleges during this pandemic.

“Schools have worked tirelessly to support their children, young people, and families throughout this crisis. They have worked hard to ensure buildings are COVID secure in time for the September return only to be thwarted by a woefully inadequate testing programme.  Schools kept their side of the bargain. On the Government’s part, a lack of tests, distances to testing centres and delays in test results threatens both the opening of schools and the safety of school staff and pupils. 

“Resources and clear guidance on supporting children and young people on their return to school and college should have been provided in good time for the start of term. Instead, schools are having to manage as best they can with little support from Government. This is not the way to run an education system and not the way to treat education professionals who have put themselves on the frontline throughout this pandemic for their students.”



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