Press Centre

Response to the Education Select Committee’s ‘supply of teachers’ inquiry report

21st February 2017

This inquiry echoes what we hear from teachers every day. Many are struggling with crippling workloads which cannot be sustained. Pressure on budgets and a failure to attract new recruits is exacerbating the strain experienced by those in the job.

Education Support Partnership comment on the government’s plans to “transform” attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young people

10th January 2017

Julian Stanley, Chief Executive of Education Support Partnership said:

“It’s good to see the Prime Minister’s commitment to making mental health a priority.

As helpline prepares for peak in calls, charity urges teachers to talk and protect wellbeing

16th December 2016

When people phone us they’re often in a state of crisis, panic and high distress” - Anna, a helpline counsellor

The leading charity supporting teachers’ wellbeing is entering its busiest period of the year as hundreds of struggling education staff contact its free helpline, often in distress.

Education Support Partnership comments on the OECD PISA 2015 global school performance results

6th December 2016

Julian Stanley, CEO of Education Support Partnership said:

“Yet again the latest PISA figures demonstrate the paramount importance of investment and respect for education and educators. Singapore and other leading nations invest heavily in a system with a long-term vision where teachers are highly respected and supported to perform their role successfully.

Comment on Ann Maguire report by Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Board

9th November 2016

Julian Stanley, Chief Executive of Education Support Partnership said:

“Ann Maguire’s horrific murder and its impact on her pupils, colleagues, family and friends must never be forgotten. In its conclusion that this tragedy was ‘not predictable’ today’s report reminds us that this was an extremely rare occurrence and that staff demonstrated enormous bravery during and after the attack."

Thousands of teachers supported by unique UK charity helpline

10th October 2016

This World Mental Health Day, Education Support Partnership wants to remind anyone working in education that it is here to help.

In 2015 the UK's only charity providing mental health & wellbeing support services to education staff helped over 30,000 educators on a range of issues with around 9,000 needing more specialist support including counselling. Of those with mental health issues, anxiety and stress consistently remained the top concerns.

Education charity encourages staff to share their mental health concerns

26th July 2016

Teachers in Wales last year took almost 52,000 days off school due to stress-related illness, new figures have shown.

Research conducted by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Cymru found that 12 of Wales’ 22 local authorities reported a rise in stress-induced teacher leave in 2015 .

The union’s secretary David Evans said the figures suggested Wales was “bordering on a crisis” in the teaching profession.’

Lucy Powell MP to join Young Fabians and UK charity Education Support Partnership panel debate ‘Solving the Education Crisis’

17th May 2016

Fabian Society This coming Tuesday May 24th at 6.30pm in Committee Room 10 of the Palace of Westminster the Young Fabians, will host a unique event supported by UK charity Education Support Partnership and attended by Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Lucy Powell MP who will join a panel of renowned education experts seeking to develop new ideas to solve the current recruitment and retention crisis in the education sector.

How much do teachers need their half term holiday? Research seeks to find out

4th May 2016

Research conducted by City University in collaboration with Education Support Partnership seeks to find out how much teachers need their half term holiday.

Starting this May, academics from City University London will be conducted the second round of a valuable piece of research, conducted in close collaboration with the Education Support Partnership, looking into the psychological value of the school holidays for teacher health resilience and wellbeing.

Annual survey uncovers an ‘epidemic’ of mental health issues

4th March 2016

Our survey results reveal 84% of those working in education admit to suffering problems, with workload to blame in 81% of cases.

Results also suggest mental health issues are at risk of being a closely guarded secret as only one quarter of those affected discussed their problems with line managers