Education Support Partnership - Recruitment and retention Campaign

The UK education sector is facing a crisis that we truly believe we can help solve, but we need your support.

Education Support Partnership research has discovered that over a third of the school, FE and HE profession expect to leave by 2020. Whilst some will be retiring, many others are set to leave for negative reasons at a time when student numbers are increasing and recruiters are struggling to find trainees. To give you a feel for the scale of this challenge, unless more staff can be supported to stay, the UK will need to recruit 200 teachers every single day just to keep staffing levels the same.

Take part in THE SURVEY now!

The headline results from the the 2015 Health Survey (Wales only) were as follows:

  • total of 87% said they had experienced a mental health condition in the last two years. 81% reported stress, 64% reported anxiety and 46% reported experiencing depression
  • 54% of respondents who had experienced a mental health condition in the last two years took between a week and 6 months off sick. 43% of them said their health impacted negatively on their pupils’ studies
  • 58% of respondents who had experienced a mental health condition in the last two years spoke to their partner about it, 57% to other family members and 52% to friends. Only 22% discussed it with their line manager and only 15% discussed it with Occupational Health staff. 8% did not speak to anyone about how they were feeling
  • Perhaps as a result of the types of people they were predominantly speaking to, just 24% of these respondents said that speaking to someone had given them the practical advice they needed to address the problems they were facing
  • Only 8% of all respondents in Wales said they had a fully implemented staff wellbeing policy in their workplace
  • 13% said they had now arranged to leave education because of pressures on their mental health, and 65% said they were considering leaving

When we asked what measures would improve their personal and colleagues’ mental health, 89 respondents responded as follows:

  1. Managers worked with their staff to reduce workload 79%
  2. My employer had to meet high standards of health & wellbeing provision for staff, regulated by an independent body 49%
  3. Changes were better communicated to staff by managers 48%
  4. The leadership team were more approachable 40%
  5. My employer had a staff health & wellbeing programme 33%
  6. Colleagues were more understanding and accommodated each other’s needs and feelings 29%
  7. My employer had a well-implemented pupil behaviour policy 22%
  8. My employer promoted union membership and supported union activities 22%
  9. My employer allowed flexible working hours 21%
  10. My health services were better co-ordinated with human resources, occupational health services and my employer 18%
  11. My employer had robust procedures for tackling bullying and harassment 16%