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Mental health problems in teachers rise by 'over a third'

The number of teachers suffering from mental health problems due to the pressures of their profession has risen by over a third, a survey has revealed.

More and more teachers are suffering under their increased workload, the ATL found. Picture posed by model. Credit: PA

Some 38% of teachers told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) there had been a rise in mental health problems among their colleagues over the last two years.

And over half (55%) of the 925 education staff quizzed said their job has had a negative effect on their mental health.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said she was shocked at the results, but felt the data spoke for itself.

"Teachers, lecturers, support staff and heads are now so over-worked that it comes as no surprise that so many in the education profession suffer from stress, depression and other mental health issues," she said.

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Schools minister: 'Teacher strike action 'unreasonable'

After thousands of teachers walked out on strike today - over pay, pensions and conditions - the schools minister David Laws says he is "disappointed" the action was taken.

Mr Laws described the strikes as "unreasonable" as "constructive" talks are continuing between Department for Education and unions.

Schoolchild worried about strike's impact on her exams

A schoolchild has told ITV News the teachers' strike has affected her because she is "not getting enough education" ahead of her SATs exams.

Lauren Scobie said the walkout was both "good and bad" because teachers were "getting the attention" of Education Secretary Michael Gove but they were also adversely affecting her education.

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Striking teachers hold rally in Preston

Teachers on strike in Preston Credit: ITV Granada

Teachers have been holding a number of rallies across the North West as part of their industrial action, forcing the closure of many schools.

The NUT are boycotting classes as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pension cuts and working conditions.

Teachers on rally in Preston Credit: ITV Granada
Teachers on strike in Preston Credit: ITV Granada

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Poll: 51% oppose teachers' walkout

Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A young boy in Liverpool's Mann Island holds aloft a flag in support for the strike. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.

The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).

Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.

Educating Essex head: Strike 'is like a snow day'

There are "no winners" in the teachers' strike with schools running as if it was "a snow day", head teacher Vic Goddard told Daybreak.

Mr Goddard, the principal on Channel 4's hit documentary series "Educating Essex" described his love for teaching but admitted there was no pleasing everyone with today's strike.

"I am sure I haven't pleased the union today by not having a partial closure. Heads have to make that decision - can I keep all children safe in my school?"

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