The EIS is launching a new online resource to promote health and wellbeing for teachers.
The new resource, available via the EIS website, is intended to support the union's current Time to Tackle Workload campaign.
Excessive workload demands are one of the most frequently cited concerns amongst Scotland’s teachers. A major survey of Scotland's teachers, carried out by the EIS last year, indicated that 82% of respondents were dissatisfied with their workload levels.
88% of respondents said that their stress levels had either stayed the same or increased over the past year, while 76% said that they felt stressed either 'frequently' or 'all of the time' in their jobs.
Commenting on the launch of the new resource, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Excessive teacher workload is a matter of serious concern, and this led to the launch of the Time to Tackle Workload campaign last year. The results of our survey indicated that teachers are working an average of 46 hours per week – eleven hours over and above their contractual commitment of a 35-hour working week."
"With excessive workload comes an increased likelihood of stress and stress-related illness, which is detrimental to teachers' health and wellbeing and which also has a negative impact on the learning environment for young people."
Mr Flanagan added, "This new online resource brings together a range of free, quality assured advice and guidance on a range of issues related to health and wellbeing."
"This includes advice from the Trades Union Congress, Health & Safety Executive and Citizens Advice Bureau on mental health & wellbeing, health & safety and ACAS guidance on applying best practice in the workplace."
"There is a host of information and advice from other organisations too, all accessible from a single portal on the EIS website. We hope that will become a valuable resource for individual teachers in supporting their own health and wellbeing and, additionally, provide a focus for school-based initiatives under the Time to Tackle Workload campaign."
The new resource goes live from next week, to coincide with the start of the new school year.