Fallin teacher ab­sence and stress

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

Stress at work is no longer the lead­ing cause of ab­sence for teach­ers in West Dun­bar­ton­shire.

Fig­ures pre­sented to the Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vices Com­mit­tee stated that of the 227 teach­ing days lost to stress, only one was work re­lated.

The main cause for stress re­lated ab­sence is due to per­sonal is­sues and other fac­tors.

There has also been a re­duc­tion in over­all ab­sence for both teach­ers and sup­port staff within West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil.

Teach­ing staff are also set to make their tar­get of five ab­sence days dur­ing the 2016/7 pe­riod.

This is a re­duc­tion on the 2015/16 fig­ures, which teach­ers had 6.9 recorded ab­sences.

Sup­port­ing staff have also seen a sig­nif­i­cant 30 per­cent re­duc­tion in ab­sence in 2016/17.

There was a to­tal of 12.5 ab­sences per sup­port­ing staff mem­ber in 2015/16, how­ever, this year it has been re­duced

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