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(UK) Wales: Schools "in crisis"; "growing mental health problems"

Jan 6, 2019, Wales Online: Wales' schools in crisis: Head teachers speak out about the reality of cuts, stress and pupils' mental health https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/education/wales-schools-crisis-head-teachers-15625594 Exhausted, stressed, battling slashed funds and unable to switch off. This is how head teachers in Wales say they feel as they struggle with “inadequate funding” and the pressure of getting good results against a back drop of sliced budgets and the incoming new curriculum…. Cuts to other public services have left schools doing more than just educating young people at a time when staff numbers have been pared to the bone. “It’s just the unknown of what’s next and what’s going to threaten you. There’s always something,” said one successful high school head. “I’m at a stage where it’s just pure exhaustion and I don’t know how much longer I can keep going because it’s just draining, every minute. “If you don’t get two years of good results the pressure is on. Heads can be moved on if they don’t get results. “Funding is a major issue. Finding funds for human resources is the biggest worry. You can’t get the support staff or the teachers you want …. “I have been in school until 10pm some nights waiting for social services to come for kids who don’t have anywhere to go because they have been chucked out (of home) or have mental health issues.” … One head said growing mental health problems among young people - partly caused by demands for results filtering down - was an added pressure as schools don’t have staff trained to help and can no longer make referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental health Services. … "This situation has led to the well-publicised mental health crisis for young people and increasing difficulties with staff retention and teacher recruitment. It is usually the head teacher who carries this stress and responsibility. " … “We have to accept that we have a real crisis in our schools and that we need to address this issue seriously and now. … School funding is “totally inadequate”, Welsh Government’s aspiration to create a world leading education system is impossible without more cash and, heads are being made ill by pressure, warned Tim Pratt, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru. …