I went to a school for a day supply the other day and what I saw described the misery that teachers are in at the moment. No wonder teachers are leaving the profession in droves or are suffering from stress related ailments resulting in long term absences from work and not returning to work. Senior leaders of schools are getting more overworked and there is no semblance of work life balance anymore.
The so-called successful schools that are rated as outstanding by the watchdog – ofsted – what does data, both qualitative and quantitative reveal about the stakeholder’s condition health wise? – The teachers and leaders in the school, even the students and the parents? These category of stakeholders (teachers, school leaders, support workers) live the school, breathe the school, think the school, dream the school and eventually die.
The death here is similar to the one described by Seamus Heaney in his poem – ‘The Death of a Naturalist.’
Teachers have died countless deaths.