Research and further reading resources

Created on: 19 Nov 2019 | Last modified: 25 Nov 2021

The EIS 2021 Manifesto For an Educaction Led Recovery discusses the importance of teacher health and well-being, alongside that of children and young people.

The EIS has produced a report entitled Value education, value teachers membership survey report 2019, which draws on 12,250 surveys completed by eligible members. The survey considered various aspects of teaching and teachers’ experiences. The following are summary headlines:

  • 76% felt stressed “frequently” or “all of the time” within their jobs.

  • 88% reported stress levels had either stayed the same or had increased in the past year.

  • 54% disagreed, and 23% strongly disagreed when asked if they had sufficient time to undertake professional development opportunities.

  • Over 78% disagreed that it was adequate for the children and young people with additional support needs within their school.

NHS Health Scotland's Evidence for Action Team has produced a report entitled Supporting teachers' mental health and wellbeing: Evidence Review (2020). The review examines what works to support the mental health and wellbeing of teachers.  

Barnardo’s has produced a paper entitled Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff through professional supervision structures.

Scotland's Teachers: Working Conditions and Wellbeing a report produced in 2017, available via the EIS website outlines the conditions that can cause stress, and measures, such as peer support, that can help alleviate it.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has produced a report exploring the costs of mental ill-health for individuals, employers and society at large: OECD Fit Mind, Fit Job. From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work.

The Education Scotland National Improvement Hub hosts a wealth of information resources on health and wellbeing, such as:

The Scottish Health and Wellbeing Improvement Network - SHINE produces briefings and reports on wellbeing.

Glasgow Centre for Population Health’s  Health and early years, children and young people – a GCPH synthesis is a report on factors that affect health inequalities.

The Centre for Mental Health works to drive changes in mental health policy and practice – access blogs, campaigns and mental health focused resources on their website.

Public Health Scotland’s Children and young people policy and legislative map.

The Mental Health Foundation provides blogs on different aspects of wellbeing in education, such as: