Stress at work is caused by many factors: high work loads,
difficult to meet deadlines, a feeling that one’s senior colleagues are
unresponsive or unhelpful, demands from without for change which is perceived
by the individual to be unnecessary, a challenging work environment, a lack of
motivation and morale raising activities from employers…
However not everyone is affected by stress – and it is
often difficult for the person who is not affected by stress to understand what
life is like for the employee who is suffering from the condition.
Nowhere is this more true than in teaching – a profession
that now suffers from the third highest level of stress of any occupation in
the UK. While some members of staff find the job
challenging and exciting, others can on occasion find it too much.
But there is a further problem, for the courts have made it
clear that all school managers and governors have a duty to undertake a risk
assessment on the levels of stress that the staff may be experiencing, to
ensure that the working environment does not produce stress levels that are
unacceptable, and to help recovery where teachers have suffered from high
levels of stress.
It is no longer an acceptable argument to suggest that
everyone knows that teaching is a stressful job. One teacher recently won more
than £250,000 when her school failed to respond to her rising stress levels –
and higher awards are expected to follow.
“Recovery from stress: a school manager’s guide to helping
colleagues” is a report which examines in detail many of the personal problems
faced by teachers: assertiveness, low self-esteem, lack of self-belief,
depression, a lack of coping strategies.
The volume also looks at the sources of stress and then
details the possible solutions, such as anxiety management, problem solving,
relaxation techniques, etc. The volume
thus helps school managers who don’t suffer from excessive stress to understand
what their colleague under stress is going through and to see how she or he can
The volume includes a set of templates relating to the
school's policy on stress and a risk assessment programme and details on the
various ways schools and individuals can overcome stress and reduce stress
The volume can be bought as a photocopiable ring bound book
or on CD Rom.
Cat No: 978 1 86083 840 8