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Pupil progress is being held back by teachers’ poor mental health

The full results from the Leeds Beckett University and Teachwire.net research into the link between teacher mental health and quality of teaching

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Children’s education is suffering because of poor mental health experienced by many teachers, according to new research.

In a survey of 770 teachers carried out by Teachwire.net and Leeds Beckett University, 77% said that poor teacher mental health has a detrimental impact on pupils’ progress.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 94% say mental health can have a detrimental impact on their physical energy in the classroom.
  • 73% believe mental health can have a negative impact on the quality of their explanations in lessons.
  • 72% think that their questioning skills in lessons can suffer due to poor mental health.
  • 89% say their mental health can have a detrimental impact on creativity in their teaching.
  • 85% thought their mental health could reduce the quality of their lesson planning.
  • 56% of respondents report they currently have poor mental health.
  • Fewer teachers, only 36%, thought poor mental health made a difference to their ability to assess learners’ achievements.

The full results are as follows:

1. I have read and understood the participant information sheet. After reading the information I am happy to participate in this survey 775 out of 775 people answered this question

1 Yes 773 / 100%
2 No 2 / 0%

2. Do you currently have poor mental health? 773 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Yes 430 / 56%
2 No 343 / 44%

3. How was this identified: 427 out of 775 people answered this question
1 General Practitioner: 220 / 52%
2 Self-diagnosed: 187 / 44%
3 Other 20 / 5%

4. How many years have you been teaching? 774 out of 775 people answered this question
1 0-5 215 / 28%
2 6-10 175 / 23%
3 11-15 142 / 18%
4 16-20 122 / 16%
5 20-30 104 / 13%
6 31-40 13 / 2%
7 Above 40 years 3 / 0%

5. What sector of education are you employed in: 771 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Primary (5-11) 493 / 64%
2 Secondary (11-16) 171 / 22%
3 Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5) 73 / 9%
4 Further Education (16+) 34 / 4%

6. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on my physical energy in the classroom: 772 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Strongly agree 407 / 53%
2 Agree 320 / 41%
3 Neutral 31 / 4%
4 Disagree 13 / 2%
5 Strongly disagree 1 / 0%

7. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on the quality of my relationships with my learners: 775 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 352 / 45%
2 Strongly agree 279 / 36%
3 Neutral 70 / 9%
4 Disagree 67 / 9%
5 Strongly disagree 7 / 1%

8. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on the quality of my explanations in lessons. 774 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 377 / 49%
2 Strongly agree 183 / 24%
3 Neutral 118 / 15%
4 Disagree 89 / 11%
5 Strongly disagree 7 / 1%

9. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on my questioning skills in lessons. 771 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 374 / 49%
2 Strongly agree 175 / 23%
3 Neutral 116 / 15%
4 Disagree 99 / 13%
5 Strongly disagree 7 / 1%

10. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on creativity in my teaching. 773 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Strongly agree 349 / 45%
2 Agree 344 / 45%
3 Disagree 42 / 5%
4 Neutral 30 / 4%
5 Strongly disagree 8 / 1%

11. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on the way I plan my lessons. 773 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 386 / 50%
2 Strongly agree 273 / 35%
3 Neutral 61 / 8%
4 Disagree 48 / 6%
5 Strongly disagree 5 / 1%

12. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on the way I assess my learners’ achievements: 773 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 279 / 36%
2 Neutral 200 / 26%
3 Disagree 144 / 19%
4 Strongly agree 137 / 18%
5 Strongly disagree 13 / 2%

13. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on my marking and pupil feedback: 769 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 348 / 45%
2 Strongly agree 183 / 24%
3 Neutral 116 / 15%
4 Disagree 114 / 15%
5 Strongly disagree 8 / 1%

14. My relationships with colleagues are detrimentally affected by my mental health. 768 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 344 / 45%
2 Strongly agree 250 / 33%
3 Neutral 97 / 13%
4 Disagree 65 / 8%
5 Strongly disagree 12 / 2%

15. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on my behaviour management skills. 771 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 375 / 49%
2 Strongly agree 247 / 32%
3 Neutral 72 / 9%
4 Disagree 65 / 8%
5 Strongly disagree 12 / 2%

16. My mental health can have a detrimental impact on my effectiveness in responding to the needs of my learners. 771 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 381 / 49%
2 Strongly agree 154 / 20%
3 Neutral 126 / 16%
4 Disagree 99 / 13%
5 Strongly disagree 11 / 1%

17. Poor teacher mental health impacts detrimentally on pupils’ progress. 766 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 352 / 46%
2 Strongly agree 235 / 31%
3 Neutral 118 / 15%
4 Disagree 52 / 7%
5 Strongly disagree 9 / 1%

18. My subject knowledge is less secure during periods of poor teacher mental health. 770 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Disgree 214 / 28%
2 Agree 212 / 28%
3 Neutral 207 / 27%
4 Strongly agree 86 / 11%
5 Strongly disagree 51 / 7%

19. My mental health can have a negative impact on pupils’ mental health. 767 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Agree 255 / 33%
2 Neutral 215 / 28%
3 Disagree 180 / 23%
4 Strongly agree 91 / 12%
5 Strongly disagree 26 / 3%

20. My own mental health can have a negative impact on the way I support pupils’ mental health needs. 771 out of 775 people answered this question
1 Disagree 226 / 29%
2 Agree 217 / 28%
3 Neutral 169 / 22%
4 Strongly agree 95 / 12%
5 Strongly disagree 64 / 8%

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