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Teachers: Stress

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 1st September 2008.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has conducted into the effect of stress on (a) teachers and (b) the academic performance of pupils.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

holding answer 21 July

The Department has not commissioned research to examine the effect of stress on teachers or its effect on the academic performance of pupils. However, DfEE research on teacher absence published in 2000 "(Health Retirement and absenteeism Amongst teachers, Research Report 235)" found stress was the fourth most common reason for absence.

We are aware of other research conducted by other organisations, such as a review conducted by the Institute of Education in 2004 on the impact of assessments and tests on student's motivation for learning.

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