Representatives of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have called for increased employee engagement to help professionals overcome stress.
The organisation is concerned about the number of cases being reported and in some instances, work-related stress is leading to suicide.
Speaking at a conference in Harrogate, members of the union demanded better support for teaching staff and also suggested that the Health and Safety Executive should get involved to ensure schools are providing stress risk assessments.
It is thought that tight government targets are leading to a build up of tension and reduced motivation among teachers.
John Illingworth of Nottingham spoke out about the “low but significant” number of suicides being reported.
“Stress-related illness is widespread, affecting thousands of teachers each year. It is more likely to end a teacher’s career than any other cause,” he remarked.
A recent study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development discovered workers in the public sector are currently the most disillusioned and therefore more likely to strike.