Commenting on a working paper published today which examines the mental health and wellbeing of teachers in England, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“There is no doubt that the excessive demands upon education staff and the poor working practices they endure in schools and colleges are helping create a toxic work environment, leading to mental ill-health among both teachers and support staff.  It is no wonder that we cannot recruit and retain the staff we so desperately need if workload demands are totally unsustainable.  The challenge for the Government is to address these issues and ensure that education staff are nurtured and supported in their role but there is currently little sign of any concrete action in this respect.”