Principals warn of burnout as primary schools return to full teaching

Lobby group says pandemic has ‘exacerbated an already dire situation’ for exhausted school leaders

17th March, 2021
Principals warn of burnout as primary schools return to full teaching
Primary school pupils have returned to classrooms on a staggered basis over recent weeks. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

Primary school principals are so stressed by their workload that many are contemplating leaving their jobs and taking early retirement, an educational lobby group has warned.

The National Principals’ Forum (NPF) said the issue had been “exacerbated” by the pandemic. Principals, particularly those in small schools who have to combine their administrative duties with teaching responsibilities, were reporting burnout as schools returned to full teaching activities this week, it said.

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