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Teachers: Stress

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

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. (220750)

[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.