As a former teacher I still occasionally browse the TES website, just to see whether I would be prepared to re-enter a profession I once loved. However, as I read an article on a teacher who had committed suicide, some painful memories flooded back. On researching the issue of teacher suicide further, I came across an article published in the Independent newspaper in early 2017 which reported that the risk of suicide among primary and nursery school teachers was 42 per cent higher than patterns in the broader population of England for the period 2011 to 2015, according to data released by the Office of National Statistics.
Anyone who knows a teacher would probably recognise many of the concerns raised by a couple of young teachers in the Independent article. Perhaps it is now easier to understand now why teaching is facing a recruitment crisis?
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