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managestressETUCE believes a school should be a safe, healthy and propitious place for teaching and learning. Schools are the workplace of teachers, but first and foremost they are educational institutions for young students. Stress can thus be harmful not only for the workforce (teachers and other staff in education), but can indirectly harm the pupils and put at risk the quality and efficiency of the education provided.

The challenge of preventing and tackling work-related stress is consequently an issue for employers in education. There is furthermore a legal obligation for employers, under the European and national laws, to take action on stress, and in particular the necessary steps for a suitable risk assessment at the workplace. This risk assessment is the most appropriate process for managing work-related stress, aiming at identifying the hazards at the workplace of all school staff and consequently taking the appropriate actions to prevent, reduce and eliminate stress amongst teachers.