of teaching - John Illingworth suffered a breakdown
Inside Out tells the moving and emotional story of a Nottingham
man whose life was destroyed by the job he loved.
John Illingworth had been
a teacher for 33 years - 24 as a Primary Head.
But the pressure, stress
and strain of running Bentinck Primary School in Nottingham drove him to have
a mental breakdown.
John explains the extreme stresses faced by teachers:
was the relentless pressure of testing, inspections and never ending Government
initiatives that wore me down."
On Inside Out John retraces
the painful journey from breakdown to recovery and the pivotal moment when he
publicly admitted his mental illness to a National Union of Teachers Conference
There are tearful moments as John is seen undergoing therapy.
He lays bare his continuing fears and phobias about returning to his old school,
and recalls the warm tributes paid to him when he recently went back for a special
Stresses and strains
In the film John visits an old
friend - John Peck the head teacher at Peafield Lane Primary in Mansfield Woodhouse.
He discovers that his former colleague has also suffered with stress and
has been forced to go part time.
John is now campaigning to reduce the workload
on teachers and wryly observes:
"Like it or not, I've become
an expert on going mad!"
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