Teachers are bringing in the new year this September

New research has revealed that 87 per cent of teachers are bringing in the New Year in September instead of January. 

The poll by online educational publisher Twinkl asked more than 3,000 teachers when the New Year begins for them. A second poll asked what their resolutions were.

The top aspirations included better work-life balance, not working evening and weekends, and being more organised.

Founder of Twinkl, Jonathan Seaton, said: “It isn’t surprising that teachers see September as the New Year and the time to make a fresh start.

“But it is concerning that the top resolutions are centred around workload as teachers continue to strive to achieve a work-life balance.”

Other resolutions covered early bedtimes, healthy eating and increasing self-confidence, but the majority revolved around their time at work.

With the majority of UK teachers working overtime to plan lessons, mental health is of great concern. According to the Trades Union Congress teachers are twice as likely to lodge unpaid overtime as Chief Executives.

The hectic lifestyle can cause stress and strain, ultimately causing a burnout.

If you are making a resolution for the alternative New Year make it about you, not your job. We’ll be booking more holidays, fitting in more self care and eating as much chocolate as humanly possible.

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