Can teaching negatively impact on personal relationships? Read about the research report  into this important topic, conducted by Kat Cauchi.

Why this topic?

A career negatively impacting on relationships is not unique to teaching. However, psychologist, psychosexual therapist, and CORST professional standards manager, Jo Coker, told me, “Teaching tends to be an altruistic profession, and never has this been more apparent than through the harrowing times of the recent pandemic. During the past years, pupils and families have needed unprecedented support from teaching staff, and while teachers have risen to this challenge, for many there has been a huge impact on their personal life, and many have struggled to maintain relationships and karma at home.” 1

Caroline Keep, via our R.I.S.E. Contributors’ Twitter DM group, opened a conversation about the impact of teaching on relationships. In response, multiple group members, who are or have previously been teachers, shared their experiences of teaching negatively impacting on their relationships. Caroline then suggested this could be a good topic for R.I.S.E. Magazine and many others agreed.

It was great that people were bravely sharing their experiences but concerning that so many could relate to these issues. Personally, teaching negatively impacted on my relationships too. I found myself being too stressed and anxious to really enjoy time with my loved ones, getting snappy over the slightest thing and finding myself worrying more and more that I was letting people down, that people were fed up with me, that maybe they would just give up on me. Because of this and the other experiences shared, I agreed that this was an important topic that needed further exploration – but not just that, ideas for moving forward and actions that can be put in place.

Creating the research report

To create the report, I began by creating an anonymous Twitter poll asking teachers and former teachers seven questions about teaching and relationships. After analysing these results, I researched relationships, mental health, stress, and boundaries. I spoke with teachers and former teachers about their experiences and asked experts for support and guidance in how organisations can better support teachers in maintaining good personal relationships and how individuals themselves can too. This all accumulated together to be a wealth of information, so an article didn’t seem enough to really do it justice.

Creating a research report was a better format to present this in a meaningful way that gives the topic the thorough consideration it deserves. Just to give you a feel for what I mean when I say this topic needs attention:

In my anonymous poll, 80% of the nearly 3,000 teachers surveyed said that ‘teaching has negatively impacted on their personal relationships.’

How do I get the report?

Head to our landing page to download a free copy of the report, ‘The impact of teaching on personal relationships’ to help support teachers to foster their personal relationships and gain practical advice that will support teachers and spark action!

Resources

  1. K. Cauchi and NetSupport (2023), ‘The impact of teaching on personal relationships’, Available at: https://www.netsupportsoftware.com/teaching-and-relationships-report/

Author

  • Katherine Cauchi

    Kat Cauchi is a WeAreTechWomen #TechWomen100 2023 award winner and a 2022 Nexus Education 'Classroom and Curriculum' improvement award winner. She is the community engagement manager at NetSupport, editor of R.I.S.E. Magazine, and the host of two podcasts. Kat is a member of the Global Equality Collective, a Global EdTech author, InnovateHer ambassador and Technocamps Girls in Stem role model.
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