“This was a very timely and important workshop helping staff to recognise and address teacher burnout. It made everyone take their wellbeing more seriously.”

David Welsh, Deputy Head, St. James School, Auckland, New Zealand

Burnout is a much-overused word, but a real occupational burnout is something to be taken seriously, as it can come at great personal cost to physical and mental health, involves a long recovery, can destroy careers and remove some of our most valuable educators and leaders from the profession.

In May 2019, the World Health Organisation recognised occupational burnout as work-related syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Workers in people centred professions, including teachers and school leaders, are considered at high risk for burnout. The current COVID-19 situation has placed educational professionals under overwhelming pressure and the incidence of workplace stress has increased dramatically over recent months. The Teacher Wellbeing Index 2020 (Education Support) shows that between April and October 2020 there has been a 22% rise in teachers reporting that they feel stressed (84% up from 62%).  In the same report, 74% of all education professionals reported they had experienced at least one behavioural, physical or psychological mental health symptom related to work. Many of these symptoms may be signs of teacher burnout.

Impact of Covid 19 lockdown and Remote Teaching

Published January 2021, Ofsted’s in-depth study on remote education found that 86% of teachers said their work has increased since the implementation of remote education – with 45 percent saying it had “increased greatly”.

It is more important than ever that those working in schools understand how to recognise and overcome teacher burnout situations.

Consider booking a whole staff self-care and wellbeing INSET for your school to provide teachers and support staff with strategies to manage anxiety and stress. Click here for more details


The workshop aims to develop a deeper understanding of teacher burnout as a phenomenon. It focuses on identifying the causes of burnout in school employees, the warning signs of burnout and steps that can be taken by individuals to avoid or overcome teacher burnout.

INSET Outline

What is Burnout and What Causes Teacher Burnout ?

  • To examine the WHO definition of burnout and establish an understanding of what burnout is and what it is not.
  • To understand why school employees are particularly vulnerable to burnout.
  • To examine the causes of burnout in school employees.

How to Recognise Teacher Burnout -the warning signs

  • To identify the signs of exhaustion.
  • To identify the signs of cynicism and detachment from work
  • To identify the signs of reduced professional efficacy

The Consequences of Teacher Burnout

  • To understand the potential impact of burnout if warning signs are not heeded.
  • To hear the personal stories of educators who have experienced burnout.
  • To examine the long term implications of burnout for health and career.

Avoiding and Overcoming Teacher Burnout

  • To understand how to take an individual stress inventory and identify ways to reduce stress at work.
  • To examine ways to seek support from others.
  • To consider how to create a better work-life balance.
  • To look at self-care practices that work.

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