The EIS has revealed that over 75% of Scotland's teachers frequently feel stressed as a result of their workload.
The shock finding is just one result from a major survey of teachers, recently carried out by the EIS as part of its Value Education, Value Teachers pay campaign. More than 12,000 teachers took part in the survey, and the full results are expected to be published later this month.
Amongst some of the most shocking results, more than three-quarters (76.5%) of all respondents stated that their workload left them feeling stressed either frequently (60%) or all of the time (16.5%).
These high levels of workload-related stress may explain one of the other more worrying findings from the survey – that 70% of respondents would not recommend teaching as a career.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS carried out this survey as part of our ongoing Value Education, Value Teachers campaign. Our aim was to gather information on the issues affecting teachers, to provide a firm evidence base to support our ongoing campaigning."
"Discontent over levels of pay featured strongly, as did concerns over excessive workload demands and their impact on health and wellbeing. The fact that more than 75% teachers frequently feel stressed at work is worrying news – for teachers, for pupils and for Scottish education."
Mr Flanagan added, "While our Value Education, Value Teachers campaign is primarily about reversing the decade-long sharp real-terms decline in teachers' pay, the campaign has also become a lighting rod for other issues of significant concern."
"Excessive workload and high levels of stress are clearly also contributing to the high levels of dissatisfaction felt by many teachers. It is this toxic combination of soaring workload and declining pay that has created the current recruitment and retention crisis facing Scottish education."
"Both of these issues must be addressed to ensure that Scotland’s education system can continue to meet the needs of learners in the future."