"Teachers are being driven to suicide because of pressure from school inspectors, it was claimed yesterday.
Others are becoming hooked on drink and drugs or developing eating disorders after being swamped by work, according to the National Union of Teachers.
At the union's annual conference in Harrogate, teachers told how they had been reduced to tears in the classroom and warned that colleagues had taken their lives after working up to 90 hours a week.
One head teacher committed suicide just two months after quitting because of a critical inspection by Ofsted, the education watchdog.
Another teacher disappeared on the morning she was due to face Government inspectors and was found dead more than 10 months later in parkland.
A snapshot survey of primary and secondary school teachers in Nottingham, which was presented to the conference, revealed that a third resort to drugs, drink, smoking or binge eating to help them cope. One in 15 takes prescribed medication to get through the day, said the survey of 140 teachers."
"The NUT said it had written to Beverley Hughes, the children's minister, requesting a meeting to discuss the problem of stress, but had been refused."
Teaching is a very stressful job and most teachers get little or no help with their stress problems. I suspect it is the 'prescribed medication' that is precipitating any eating disorders that arise. - It's a very poor show that Beverley Hughes has refused to discuss the problem of the stress that teachers experience.
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