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Health levels of teachers 'deeply troubling', according to Union

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The largest teachers' union in Jersey says the findings of a new survey is "deeply troubling", after it found nearly 40% of teachers in state schools are not in good health.

According to The Jersey Teachers’ Survey, 37% of teachers in non-fee paying schools were not in good health.

NASUWT says they are concerned that health standards are "far below the levels of good health reported by Jersey’s adult population as a whole."

Like all working people, the employment conditions of teachers and school leaders should serve to enhance, not undermine, the provision of high quality education, as well as the quality of their working lives.

The good health and wellbeing of teachers and school leaders is critical to ensuring that the workforce can continue to help every child and young person reach their full educational potential.

– Chris Keates,General Secretary of NASUWT

The survey, conducted by the States, is the first ever island-wide survey of teachers in Jersey.

According to NASUWT, the Education Department has committed to work with unions to act on the findings and improve the working conditions of teachers.