Why support teachers

Every teacher will tell you that teaching can be the most rewarding of jobs. But it comes with great challenges too and the teaching profession as a whole is under more strain than ever.

Education Support Partnership the UK’s only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all education staff and organisations.

At the end of 2017, Education Support Partnership commissioned a large-scale piece of research with YouGov into the health and wellbeing of the UK’s education professionals.

The findings revealed:

According to Education Support Partnership's
Health Survey 2017

Most worryingly of all, 64% said they don’t feel confident disclosing such problems to their employers.  And 20% won’t talk to anyone at all.

Teachers work amidst funding challenges and diminishing resources in their organisations, policy changes placing increased demands on workload, growing class sizes and staff shortages.  Not enough people are applying to become teachers, whilst thousands of experienced teachers are leaving the profession every year*.

But there is hope.  Every day we work with inspiring teachers who focus on, and improve, their own wellbeing and that of their colleagues.

With your help Education Support Partnership wants to:

• recognise teachers for the enormous positive impact they have on their students
• raise awareness of the pressures teachers are experiencing and to encourage a climate of openness around the issues
• encourage individual teachers to put their own wellbeing first and to talk us if they’re experiencing any symptoms

What can you do?
Please share the following with the teachers in your life:

Videos of comedians supporting teachers
Free resources about our helpline
Your messages of support using #laughorcry

Thank you!