Darlington branch of NUT teaching union says over-worked teachers reduced to tears

CLASSROOM WAR: Are Darlington teachers among the most stressed in the country?

CLASSROOM WAR: Are Darlington teachers among the most stressed in the country?

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A TEACHERS’ union has launched a campaign to reduce work-related stress, amid fears members in a North-East town are among the most stressed in the country.

The Darlington branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has started the campaign in response to a Department for Education (DfE) survey, which showed that primary and secondary teachers regularly clock up more than 55 hours’ work a week.

This is in breach of a European Union directive which stipulates that no one should have to work more than 48 hours per week.

Diaries kept by 1,000 primary, secondary and academy school teachers showed that they worked an average of 57-hour week, the national survey said.

These figures were confirmed by the NUT’s Darlington own survey.

It found that 98 per cent of respondents continue with their work when they get home in the evening, and 89 per cent are experiencing the highest category of stress.

Darlington NUT is calling on headteachers to take urgent action to reduce the levels of stress experienced by teachers in Darlington.

Primary school teacher and Darlington NUT representative Hazel Commane said: “The Darlington NUT website regularly receives reports from teachers who are experiencing anxiety, stress and depression from having tasks routinely added to their day-to-day job.

“I have heard of some teachers leaving work in tears, working 70 hour weeks and being forced to consider early retirement through ill-health.

“It’s clear from these findings that our local schools are plagued with stressful working conditions."

Darlington NUT has launched a campaign to have stress audits conducted in local workplaces, a move backed by the union’s northern regional secretary, Mike McDonald.

He said: “We do not want stressed-out, overworked teachers in classrooms.

“You cannot turn on the news or pick up a paper without somebody criticising teachers, it is always this undermining of the profession and people feeling they know better.”

Mr Brown said newly-qualified teachers often feel so stressed that they leave the profession within five years of completing their training.

Darlington NUT is advising teachers who think they are experiencing symptoms of stress to keep a written record of specific incidents and to ensure that they seek and follow medical advice where appropriate.

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6:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Colcat says...

I'm surprised the usual idiots haven't already commented on here that the life of a teacher is a breeze, that they are overpaid and under-worked, don't know when they have it easy, want to try "real" life, know a teacher down the road who never does anything approaching hard work, etc. Three words spring to mind: No idea whatsoever!
I'm surprised the usual idiots haven't already commented on here that the life of a teacher is a breeze, that they are overpaid and under-worked, don't know when they have it easy, want to try "real" life, know a teacher down the road who never does anything approaching hard work, etc. Three words spring to mind: No idea whatsoever! Colcat
  • Score: -9

8:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

spragger says...

Have you ever heard such rubbish!
The Echo is like a publicity machine for the lefts idiots & disaffected

Perhaps they should have a think about striking & bunking off on snow days. The stress & impact on parents & children is palpable
Not long to easter & the 6 week Summer break
What a bunch of useless whingers
Have you ever heard such rubbish! The Echo is like a publicity machine for the lefts idiots & disaffected Perhaps they should have a think about striking & bunking off on snow days. The stress & impact on parents & children is palpable Not long to easter & the 6 week Summer break What a bunch of useless whingers spragger
  • Score: -4

10:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

spragger wrote:
Have you ever heard such rubbish!
The Echo is like a publicity machine for the lefts idiots & disaffected

Perhaps they should have a think about striking & bunking off on snow days. The stress & impact on parents & children is palpable
Not long to easter & the 6 week Summer break
What a bunch of useless whingers
I agree with you. Whinging lefty militant teachers have no idea about real work and real life.

They need telling straight. Stop moaning or leave and get another job!
[quote][p][bold]spragger[/bold] wrote: Have you ever heard such rubbish! The Echo is like a publicity machine for the lefts idiots & disaffected Perhaps they should have a think about striking & bunking off on snow days. The stress & impact on parents & children is palpable Not long to easter & the 6 week Summer break What a bunch of useless whingers[/p][/quote]I agree with you. Whinging lefty militant teachers have no idea about real work and real life. They need telling straight. Stop moaning or leave and get another job! thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 1

11:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Colcat says...

And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.
And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them. Colcat
  • Score: -7

1:06am Thu 13 Mar 14

359282 says...

As we all rely on the teaching profession to secure our future by inspiring the country's children, we should always seek to offer support where it is required.
Most people can recall a teacher from their childhood who made a real difference and inspired them, and measures should be taken to ensure that we do not simply flog a willing horse to death.

Having said that, there are also some teachers that are simply not up to the task and equally, most people can recall a totally ineffective teacher tha couldn't hold a classroom's attention if their life depended on it, and continually failing in your employment is often a source of stress also.

I think the NUT should employ a PR agency to assist them in restoring teaching to its rightful place of respect. I suspect however, that the first piece of advice would be for the issue of poor teachers to be properly addressed. If this ever happened, the resultant increase in public support and recognition would mean that no government would ever dare to interfere in the manner that we continually see from all governments, regardless of their political leaning.
As we all rely on the teaching profession to secure our future by inspiring the country's children, we should always seek to offer support where it is required. Most people can recall a teacher from their childhood who made a real difference and inspired them, and measures should be taken to ensure that we do not simply flog a willing horse to death. Having said that, there are also some teachers that are simply not up to the task and equally, most people can recall a totally ineffective teacher tha couldn't hold a classroom's attention if their life depended on it, and continually failing in your employment is often a source of stress also. I think the NUT should employ a PR agency to assist them in restoring teaching to its rightful place of respect. I suspect however, that the first piece of advice would be for the issue of poor teachers to be properly addressed. If this ever happened, the resultant increase in public support and recognition would mean that no government would ever dare to interfere in the manner that we continually see from all governments, regardless of their political leaning. 359282
  • Score: 6

7:22am Thu 13 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

Colcat wrote:
And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.
Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!!
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.[/p][/quote]Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 0

8:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

lilblakcooper says...

my god this lot are stupid.
simple answer is to reduce the amount of school holidays then use the extra time at school to spread the workload and teaching, this way the teachers, parents and children would benefit from a less stressful time.
This would also reduce the amount of waisted money on holiday time child care .
win win in my opinion.
my god this lot are stupid. simple answer is to reduce the amount of school holidays then use the extra time at school to spread the workload and teaching, this way the teachers, parents and children would benefit from a less stressful time. This would also reduce the amount of waisted money on holiday time child care . win win in my opinion. lilblakcooper
  • Score: 9

10:25am Thu 13 Mar 14

359282 says...

This all rather depends on what school is for - child minding, or education. Children actually need the holidays- sorry if that's too much of an inconvenience for some parents.
This all rather depends on what school is for - child minding, or education. Children actually need the holidays- sorry if that's too much of an inconvenience for some parents. 359282
  • Score: 1

10:30am Thu 13 Mar 14

359282 says...

Jackaranda wrote:
Colcat wrote:
And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.
Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!!
If it's that good, you're welcome to give it a go. Just get qualified and apply for some teaching jobs.
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.[/p][/quote]Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!![/p][/quote]If it's that good, you're welcome to give it a go. Just get qualified and apply for some teaching jobs. 359282
  • Score: 4

10:55am Thu 13 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

359282 wrote:
Jackaranda wrote:
Colcat wrote:
And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.
Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!!
If it's that good, you're welcome to give it a go. Just get qualified and apply for some teaching jobs.
If it isn't good then get out, simple as. If I didn't like my job of work I wouldn't bleat, I would just skidaddle!!
[quote][p][bold]359282[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.[/p][/quote]Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!![/p][/quote]If it's that good, you're welcome to give it a go. Just get qualified and apply for some teaching jobs.[/p][/quote]If it isn't good then get out, simple as. If I didn't like my job of work I wouldn't bleat, I would just skidaddle!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Colcat says...

Jackaranda wrote:
359282 wrote:
Jackaranda wrote:
Colcat wrote:
And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.
Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!!
If it's that good, you're welcome to give it a go. Just get qualified and apply for some teaching jobs.
If it isn't good then get out, simple as. If I didn't like my job of work I wouldn't bleat, I would just skidaddle!!
I did.
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]359282[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: And two of them step forward to show themselves up. Not a clue between them.[/p][/quote]Teaching is the best part-time job for full time money going, and it's their career choice. They needn't commit themselves to any suffering, they can hand their notice in, for sure!![/p][/quote]If it's that good, you're welcome to give it a go. Just get qualified and apply for some teaching jobs.[/p][/quote]If it isn't good then get out, simple as. If I didn't like my job of work I wouldn't bleat, I would just skidaddle!![/p][/quote]I did. Colcat
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

Colcat wrote:
I'm surprised the usual idiots haven't already commented on here that the life of a teacher is a breeze, that they are overpaid and under-worked, don't know when they have it easy, want to try "real" life, know a teacher down the road who never does anything approaching hard work, etc. Three words spring to mind: No idea whatsoever!
This is an amazing post. It says what people might say before they say it and on no other basis than a reply to his own question hurls insults at people who may have a differing opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised the usual idiots haven't already commented on here that the life of a teacher is a breeze, that they are overpaid and under-worked, don't know when they have it easy, want to try "real" life, know a teacher down the road who never does anything approaching hard work, etc. Three words spring to mind: No idea whatsoever![/p][/quote]This is an amazing post. It says what people might say before they say it and on no other basis than a reply to his own question hurls insults at people who may have a differing opinion. Homshaw1
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Lionel1 says...

lilblakcooper wrote:
my god this lot are stupid. simple answer is to reduce the amount of school holidays then use the extra time at school to spread the workload and teaching, this way the teachers, parents and children would benefit from a less stressful time. This would also reduce the amount of waisted money on holiday time child care . win win in my opinion.
this idea demonstrates far too much common sense and therefore would be a non starter! The NUT would also be hopping at the suggestion that the holiday enitilement for their members be reduced. I agree with a comment above that kids need a break from school but 6 weeks is a long time and most are ready to go back by the time the summer holiday is up!
[quote][p][bold]lilblakcooper[/bold] wrote: my god this lot are stupid. simple answer is to reduce the amount of school holidays then use the extra time at school to spread the workload and teaching, this way the teachers, parents and children would benefit from a less stressful time. This would also reduce the amount of waisted money on holiday time child care . win win in my opinion.[/p][/quote]this idea demonstrates far too much common sense and therefore would be a non starter! The NUT would also be hopping at the suggestion that the holiday enitilement for their members be reduced. I agree with a comment above that kids need a break from school but 6 weeks is a long time and most are ready to go back by the time the summer holiday is up! Lionel1
  • Score: -3

10:38pm Sat 15 Mar 14

123456E says...

lilblakcooper wrote:
my god this lot are stupid.
simple answer is to reduce the amount of school holidays then use the extra time at school to spread the workload and teaching, this way the teachers, parents and children would benefit from a less stressful time.
This would also reduce the amount of waisted money on holiday time child care .
win win in my opinion.
You are stupid! Teachers actually do work in their holidays....
[quote][p][bold]lilblakcooper[/bold] wrote: my god this lot are stupid. simple answer is to reduce the amount of school holidays then use the extra time at school to spread the workload and teaching, this way the teachers, parents and children would benefit from a less stressful time. This would also reduce the amount of waisted money on holiday time child care . win win in my opinion.[/p][/quote]You are stupid! Teachers actually do work in their holidays.... 123456E
  • Score: 3

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