Liverpool NUT

 Education Support Partnership

our free, confidential services include:

24 / 7 support line

online support

web based info

regular e-newsletter

The phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all teachers in ENGLAND and WALES


08000 562 561 (England)

08000 855 088 (Wales)




NUT Benevolent Fund

The NUTBF is a Fund which exists to help teachers by providing information, support and counselling.  The NUTBF can support teachers with money problems, emotional difficulties, housing matters, workload and stress related problems and provided grants and loans where needed. The NUTBF relies for its income upon donations from individual teachers.

If you would like to speak to someone, then contact:

Sue Jones - Teacher Support Officer

0151 298 9700 (via NUT office)


If you need to talk to someone about workplace problems, stress, bullying, personal problems or financial concerns then please ring telephone number opposite.

Stress affects many teachers.

Imagine a world in which work was pressure-free, office politics were a thing of the past, colleagues were always nice to each other and job security was guaranteed. Nice work, if you can get it.

The reality is that every job comes with responsibilities, people are often competitive and pushy and jobs are no longer for life. No matter where you work and for whom, work can be stressful.

On one level, pressure at work can be healthy. Feeling the excitement of new but reasonable demands helps motivation, as the adrenaline that stress produces pushes us to perform better. But when workload is excessive we cross the dividing line from 'positive' to 'negative' stress and start to feel out of control.

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has estimated that 9.8 million working days were lost in the UK in 2009/10 through work-related stress*. The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) also says that stress is now the biggest cause of long term absence in the state sector. In their 2010 Absence Management survey they found that absence levels are the highest in the public sector, with 9.6 days off per employee. The survey also found that over a third of employers reported that stress related absence has increased over the last year.

Over 52 per cent of callers to the teacher helpline told us how they were feeling in the last year (October 2009 - October 2010) and said they were experiencing symptoms of stress. From low mood to distress, anxiety and feeling unwell. Stress can affect not only your working life but also your home life – and the causes can arise in both places.

Factsheets on the TSN SITE will give you information, tips and advice on the effects and symptoms of stress, how to deal with this and get the support you need to move forward.

A good start to this process could be to try out the online stress test tool . The online stress assessment tool is designed to help you identify any stresses affecting you and help find ways of improving your wellbeing in both your work and home life.

HSE website 02/11/2010:
Absence Management Survey conducted by CIPD and SimplyHealth can be found on the CIPD website.


Stress, and the symptoms associated, can have many different causes and can often be difficult to identify. Take a look at these factsheets for some ideas and information on what could cause feelings of stress.

•     Clearing
•     Behaviour
•     Inspection concerns
•     Tips on coping with exam pressure
•     Tips for managing your time and workload


You may believe you can simply work through your stress and recover when life calms down. In reality, stress will undermine your ability to get things done and can affect your physical and mental health. Take a look at the following links to find out more about the symptoms and effects of stress.

•     Effects of stress
•     Understanding stress
•     Stress and the endocrine system
•     What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
•     Treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder
•     Spotting the signs of a mental health problem


•     Stress – Understanding stress and dealing with it
•     Stress and poor eating habits
•     What is anxiety?
•     Treatments for anxiety
•     What is depression
•     Treatments for depression

Managing stress

While most people respond positively to some pressure, problems arise when you start to have concerns about how you will cope. So there are two elements to addressing stress: reducing the pressures on you and learning to manage them better.
There is no simple way to beat stress, but the factsheets contain some ideas and tips to help you to do this.


•     Dealing with stress
•     Your top tips for dealing with stress
•     How do you cope with stress?
•     Treatments for anxiety
•     Treatments for depression
•     Relaxation techniques
•     Quick mental relaxation
•     Tips on coping with exam pressure

In the workplace

•     Short guide to stress at work
•     Mental health in the workplace
•     Managing stress in the workplace
•     Managing stress in the workplace: relationships
•     Managing stress in the workplace: control
•     Managing stress in the workplace: support
•     Managing stress in the workplace: change


•     Helping children to cope with stress


Teachers and others that work in education were asked for their tips on coping with stress and the causes of stress.

HSE Management Standards for Work-Related stress

Work-related stress is a major cause of occupational ill health. That means sickness absence, high staff turnover and poor performance in your organisation.

The Health and Safety Executives (HSE) Management Standards are designed to help businesses and their employees to manage and minimise the impact of work-related stress. Our factsheet gives an overview of these:

•   HSE Management Standards for Work-Related Stress

The process for management standards is not law, but following it can help you meet your legal duties. Here are some links from the HSE that may help:

•     Management standards
•     PDF guide: How to tackle work-related stress
•     Management Standards: tools and templates

In the news

Stress is often a talking point in the news. Here's a selection of articles:

Getting help and support

If you feel you are experiencing stress, or any of the symptoms associated with it, then it’s important that you start to tackle this as soon as possible.

This could take many different forms and you should think about your own support networks and what would work best for you and could include friends, family, colleagues at work or your GP.

•     Starting difficult conversations: asking for support
•     Online stress test tool
•     Spotting the signs of a mental health problem
•     Shift – an initiative to tackle stigma and  discrimination    surrounding mental health.


If you are still worried or concerned, why not try the following services:

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence, call our Support Line free on:

  • 08000 562 561 (England)
  • if you feel that any advice or fact sheets would assist you then please go to the Teacher Support Network Website




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