Stress related teacher absences attributed to work pressures in local schools have more than doubled according to information released by East Renfrewshire Council.
The statistics highlight that the proportion of teacher absences because of work related stress increased from 266 in 2016/17 to 567 in 2017/18.
The data produced by the council shows that the total number of stress related teacher absences increased from 852 in 2016/17 to 1657 in 2017/18.
Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw, East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton and West of Scotland MSP Maurice Golden have voiced concerns at the information released by the council and the higher levels of teacher absences attributed to work related stress between 2016/17 and 2017/18.
The local Conservative politicians have criticised the Scottish Government for the current workload pressures facing teachers and the impact increasing demands in the classroom are having on the well-being of teachers in East Renfrewshire.
Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw said:
“We have a fantastic set of schools in Eastwood and that is in large part down to the excellent teaching staff in our classrooms.
“It is a clear concern to learn that there has been a noticeable increase in the number of work related teacher absences attributed to stress in East Renfrewshire schools from 2016/17 to 2017/18.
“As these figures show, increasing demands in the classroom are having a negative impact on the well-being of our teachers and the Scottish Government must address this situation.”
East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton stated:
“Schools in East Renfrewshire are of the highest calibre but quite clearly, the well-being of our teachers is being compromised because of rising workload and other significant pressures.
“The net result is that work related absences because of stress have more than doubled according to the latest available data from the council.
“The significant increase is a matter of some concern and the Scottish Government must to do more to reduce the demands placed upon our overburdened teachers.”
West of Scotland MSP Maurice Golden added:
“The large increase in the number of teacher absences due to work related stress in East Renfrewshire schools is deeply worrying.
“Rising workload, excessive paperwork, forced into buying classroom materials because there are not enough pens and notebooks in schools, it is clear that teachers all across Scotland are facing significant pressures because of the mismanagement of our education system by this SNP Government.
“More has to be done to prevent this situation from deteriorating further and to support the teachers who do invaluable work educating our children.”