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Close To Two Thirds Of Teachers Considering Leaving Profession Due To Poor Wellbeing

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Poor wellbeing in the education sector has left nearly two thirds of teachers considering leaving the profession, according to new research from Hays Education Training  (@HaysEducationUK). 

The Hays Education Wellbeing Report, based on a survey of 780 respondents, reveals that 65% of teachers have considered leaving the profession due to poor wellbeing. Over two thirds (37%) have considered this in the last two years.

Those considering leaving due to poor wellbeing are among some of the most experienced teachers, as 73% of staff who have been in the profession for over 20 years have considered this.

Over a third (38%) say that their poor wellbeing is due to the impact of Covid-19, however 62% say their wellbeing has suffered due to another reason.

Teachers left in the dark about support on offer

 Positively, nearly two thirds (63%) of school leaders say that they now have a wellbeing strategy in place and a further 24% say they are working towards one. Despite this, less than half (45%) of staff are aware of such a programme in their school.

A third (33%) are unsure. Furthermore, 43% say they find it difficult to access information about how to get wellbeing support and only 35% feel comfortable raising wellbeing concerns with their senior leadership. Less than a third (29%) say that wellbeing is openly discussed as part of day-to-day school life. 

Wellbeing a necessity when attracting new teaching staff

Greater wellbeing support is vital for recruiting new teaching staff as nearly four in five (79%) teachers say that wellbeing is very important to them when looking for a new job. This is most acute for teachers who have joined the profession in the last 1-3 years (86%) compared to those who have taught for 4-11 years (81%) and over 12 years (75%).
Wellbeing is also considered more important among millennials (born between 1983-1995) looking for a new job in the sector (81% say this is very important), compared to 76% born earlier than this.
Overall, only 3% of teaching professionals say that wellbeing is not important to them when looking for a new job.
Paul Matthias, National Director of Hays Education, comments on the findings:
“There’s no denying that this year has been immensely challenging for educational professionals, but our survey has brought to light just how much of a detrimental impact this could have on the profession. What is also noteworthy is that poor wellbeing isn’t just as a result of the pandemic, but part of the wider picture.
“To the credit of employers in the sector, on the whole there are strong efforts to support teachers’ wellbeing. However, now that many schools have strategies in place, the next challenge is to make sure that staff are aware of this. Frequent, ongoing and transparent communication of wellbeing support on offer is therefore essential, particularly in recruitment materials which will help employers attract talent.” 

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