Confessions of a Teacher - Workload

"If you take time off you’re seen as being weak."

Teachers open up about workload in this new short film.

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In this short film teachers open up about workload and the guilt they feel about taking time off for illness.

A new report from the charity Education Support suggests nearly half of school teachers in England ‘always’ feel compelled to come to work even when they feel unwell.

We asked a group of primary and secondary teachers about their workload, and how they feel when they're ill in this short film.

One teacher told us: “Teacher guilt comes in when you’re ill.”

Another confesses: “If you take time off you’re seen as being weak, you’re seen as letting the kids down, you’re seen as letting fellow members of staff down.”

The discussion also looks at factors contributing to excessive workload, including time spent marking.

One teacher in the film says in her experience: "There isn’t a teacher that will tell you they don’t think of quitting, I don’t know, every few months."

What to do if you need support

If you're a teacher who is stressed or worried about anything you can call
Education Support's free and confidential 24/7 emotional support helpline on 08000 562 561.

You can find Education Support’s financial information for teachers here.

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