I am a mum to two beautiful children, Daisy and Dylan, and a wife. I work three days a week as a lead practitioner designate, lead on staff wellbeing, member of the school strategic board and PE teacher. This is my ninth year of teaching, and I have never felt happier to be fulfilling my passions of researching, embedded staff wellbeing and educating about mental health.
We know that teachers are leaving our profession in record numbers, and I have heard of schools where more teachers are leaving than staying. We also know that not enough young people are choosing to become teachers themselves. Teacher training places are going unfilled, and there simply aren’t enough teachers to educate our children of the future. As the population grows, there seems to be little effort to make any changes to recruit and retain quality teachers. Year-on-year, teachers are voting with their feet and leaving the profession.