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twoheaped Sun 26-Jan-20 16:40:41

This was in the local paper. Wellbeing is decided by working hours, renumeration, progression and holiday entitlement.

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SleepDeprivedElf Sun 26-Jan-20 16:51:32

Yeah, we lecturers have so much well being that we didn't go on strike last term confused

Sazquatch Sun 26-Jan-20 17:09:43

Are the assuming working hours are 37 hours a week?

Clarabellawilliamson Sun 26-Jan-20 17:36:56

So not actually by asking anyone about their wellbeing then?!!

twoheaped Sun 26-Jan-20 17:51:17

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PhysaliaPhysalis Sun 26-Jan-20 18:00:49

'Good working hours' - true, we only work 9-3

'Fresh air' - I'll remember that next time I'm on duty in freezing bloody rain. Silver lining!

PhysaliaPhysalis Sun 26-Jan-20 18:01:57

Oh, and those 'high levels of autonomy'... I can choose my own biscuit at playtime?

PenOrPencil Sun 26-Jan-20 18:03:20

WTF shock Who on Earth did that “research”?!

Italiandreams Sun 26-Jan-20 18:04:34

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 That is all!

Italiandreams Sun 26-Jan-20 18:07:32

Not sure social workers are considered a group lucky in the wellbeing department either to be fair!

Chemenger Sun 26-Jan-20 18:11:11

There is a lot of actual research that shows very high levels of stress in university staff. There is a reason a) many universities have staff counselling services and b) it is very difficult to get an appointment.

motortroll Sun 26-Jan-20 18:13:37

Yes. That's why I left when I'd had enough of being stressed all the time even though I only worked part time 🤷🏻‍♀️

PanamaPattie Sun 26-Jan-20 18:15:28

What a load of bollox.

PanicAndRun Sun 26-Jan-20 18:17:01

High levels of autonomy 😂😂😂😂😂😂

Have they even met a teacher or decided what criteria is needed for well being and then applied it to whatever they think a job is.

The fact that social workers and retail are also in the top 10 says a lot about this "research ".

noblegiraffe Sun 26-Jan-20 18:53:03

They’ve looked at school hours as working hours, haven’t they? Not the 50-60 hours a week from the workload survey.

Exposure to fresh air and physical activity = chasing smokers while on break duty.

Artykitty666 Sun 26-Jan-20 20:11:53

When I applied for my mortgage I said I was a teacher. I was told this is actually deemed higher risk due to high numbers of absence due to mental health related illness. This was three years ago tho but its interesting.

DrMadelineMaxwell Fri 31-Jan-20 22:29:15

I rate my job due to the autonomy I have to make the day to day decisions about my timetable/day etc. Obv within the constraints of the school day and sow etc.

My DH struggles in the winter as he works in a factory and goes to work in the dark, comes home in the dark and for months at the time sees no daylight except on Friday when he finishes early. I do feel my airy classroom, large windows, time outside for PE/duties does contribute to my feeling better about my work than he does.

And I get paid £10+ more than him and have the holidays, so I can see how someone outside of the profession would rate it as paid well with good holidays.

ValancyRedfern Sat 01-Feb-20 09:33:30

I teach in a drama studio with no windows so I also don't see daylight in the winter months. I hate it. I agree there are plenty of jobs worse than teaching though.

CalamityJune Sat 01-Feb-20 10:32:36

Where's the fresh air and physical activity? I have indoor duties and teach English, not PE. When am I being active?

CountFosco Sat 01-Feb-20 10:41:23

Edinburgh Evening News so Scotland so no Ofsted.

echt Sat 01-Feb-20 20:13:50

I would imagine the physical activity is the being on your feet in lessons, moving around.

twoheaped Sat 01-Feb-20 22:36:28

@CountFosco I only linked the Edinburgh paper because I screenshot the first picture from an English paper but not tge criteria.
It isn't a survey that pertains to Scotland.

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Danglingmod Sat 01-Feb-20 22:38:40

Ha ha ha! Autonomy? Low hours? See daylight? Lol.

Tombakersscarf Sat 01-Feb-20 22:43:26

I go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, blinds in room have to be shut to use screen which is every lesson.

SallyLovesCheese Sat 01-Feb-20 22:52:59

Teacher, social worker, business owner and retail worker are in the top 10 for wellbeing? Clearly they looked at our teaching hours rather than hours actually worked, just as they probably looked at the hours a business is open, rather than the hours actually worked. And retail - the chance to be outside? Unless you work in Homebase, chances are you're working inside 40 hours a week. Oh, and social workers may get there chance to go outside when they're driving from one place to another, but I can imagine what they have to deal with when they're there is hard.

If us teachers have such high levels of wellbeing, why are so many leaving?! And don't get me started on the autonomy we're supposed to be allowed to have. As a class teacher I'm told when to teach each subject, given a scheme of what to teach, told how to teach it, tools how to mark it and with what coloured pens, told how to assess it, told what to teach next lesson. I did get to choose if I wanted Tuesday's or Wednesday's lesson to be peer-marked to "lighten my workload" but the pp who said the autonomy is choosing which biscuit to have is closer to the mark! (Although I'm jealous they actually got a break to choose a biscuit. Normally my breaks were spent preparing for the following lesson and I'd get to the biscuit tin later in the day when it would be empty.)

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