Financial impact - further reading

The picture in the West Midlands

  • In the West Midlands more than 110,000 teaching days were lost to stress-related illness in the past 12 months
  • In Solihul stress-related absences in schools cost over £1.3 million over 5 years
  • In Coventry 25% of staff have taken time off work due to mental health-related illness
  • In Walsall, the figure is 35%


  • In a 2013 survey, 69% of teachers reported work-related stress. 31% of these teachers had to take time off work as a result of stress
  • Only 9% of staff were offered access to Occupational Health professionals, and a similar amount were signposted to helplines or employee assistance programmes. NASUWT suggest that this may constitute a breach of regulations regarding safety and wellbeing in the workplace (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974)

  • In a 2015 survey, two-thirds of respondents considered quitting the profession in the past year, citing:
    • workload (89%) 
    • pay and remuneration (45%)
    • pupil behaviour (42%)
  • 83% reported workplace stress
  • 67% said that their mental or physical health had been adversely affected by their job
    • almost 50% had seen a doctor because of this ill-health
    • 5% had been hospitalised
    • 2% had self-harmed

'Samaritans for Teachers'

The Education Support Helpline have conducted research into the calls they receive@

  • Most calls are made between 3pm and 4pm, suggesting that these teachers feel there is not an immediate support within their school
  • Call volumes have increased 29% in the last year
  • 88% of callers suffer from stress
  • 72% have experienced anxiety
  • 45% have suffered from depression
  • Only 8% of schools have a published wellbeing policy for staff
  • Reserach indicates a link between teachers' health and students' outcomes

  • In addition to the loss of quality first teaching, money spent on supply staff has risen to an average of £59,000 per school.


  • Even when they are in school, teachers who are suffering from stress and are under-performing represent a greater drain on resources. Teaching with Heart nurtures a greater degree of self-understanding and resilience, enabling the valuable time of senior and middle-leaders to be focused where it needs to be focused: on school development and raising standards.
  • It is getting harder and harder to recruit teachers. On average, it costs schools around £3,000 to recruit teachers. Recruiting senior and middle leaders is even harder, and if a recruitment agency is used, costs can rise to £10,000.

While Teaching with Heart cannot promise to save your school all of this money, investing in staff resilience and wellbeing has been shown to reduce overall expenditure.