Many teachers affected by stress, charity states

Thousands of teachers across the country could be eligible to seek compensation on the grounds of stress.

That is if new figures from the Teacher Support Network (TSN) are anything to go by, as the body revealed that as many as 40,000 professionals in the education sector are struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.

Recently, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw dismissed the notion that 21st century teachers suffer from stress and intimated that the illness is often simply used as an "excuse for poor performance".

However, the TSN - a registered charity that was first set up in 1877 - as insisted this is not the case, as it received nearly 5,000 calls and emails from teachers struggling with such issues in 2010 and 2011.

And Julian Stanley, chief executive of the TSN, stated this is "just the tip of the iceberg".

“The truth is that many teachers are stressed ... it is likely that most teachers in the course of a long career will experience stress that is non-productive," he added.

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18/06/2012 16:57