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A survey of school leaders has found that a quarter of headteachers and 10% of teachers are struggling with stress.

Teacher Tapp, an app for industry professionals, asked headteachers and teachers if they were more likely to leave their roles as a result of the lockdown and the adjustments that schools have been asked to make.

What can be done to help teachers struggling with stress? This blog post explains.

What has increased headteacher stress?

Schools have been closed since the 20 March in the UK

Since then pupils have been learning from home.

Workloads have increased for both headteachers and teachers. Schools have remained open to children of key workers, but action is required in order to keep these classrooms safe.

Now schools have returned, there is an estimated 1.5 million pupils missing from school. 

Just 1% of headteachers felt less likely to leave, the survey found. 

“Headteachers are often more likely to have paid off their mortgages,” a Teacher Tapp spokesman said.

“They are less likely to have children at home meaning they are financially more able to leave their job.

“However, they are often the most committed and the ones most likely to say they will stay in the profession long-term. This is therefore not good news.”

What can be done to help teachers with stress?

The Government has pledged laptops and broadband access to those students in digital poverty.

You can reduce workload stress by using a digital learning platform to provide education for hard to reach students.

A system such as EDStarz can be used to identify student weaknesses and help them catch up by identifying gaps in their knowledge.

Meanwhile, EDLounge is a digital learning platform with access to 11,000 lessons; there is a large range of safeguarding mechanisms used to help keep pupils safe.

Ten ways to help reduce stress

Here are ten ways in which teachers can help reduce stress while teaching:


  1. Work out priorities
  2. Identify where stress occurs
  3. Don’t react to insults
  4. Practice saying no to unreasonable requests
  5. Don’t dwell on mistakes
  6. Talk to someone about your frustrations
  7. Take regular exercise to reduce stress
  8. Be aware rushing leads to errors
  9. Don’t respond with aggression
  10. Smile and think positive

How EDLounge can help reduce stress

With 11,000 lessons, EDLounge Group Ltd’s online platform can help students catch up on lost education.

Learning can be tailored to your organisation’s needs, with learning materials, assessments, quizzes and tasks built into the system.

A tracking and feedback system means it is easy for teachers to track student progress – reducing stress for teachers and pupils.

Safeguarding is EDLounge’s number one priority, with facilities including eyes-on learning, alert mechanisms, access to charities, ability to speak to teachers and all teachers are enhanced CRB checked.

EDLounge Group Ltd has been inspected by Ofsted. You can find out more here.

Find out more by calling 01909 568 338.