I have been teaching for over 23 years and in that time there have been so many changes in education, it is difficult to remember them all! With the constantly changing curriculum and ever increasing workload, it is no wonder that many teachers in the UK are reporting some degree of workplace stress. Indeed teaching is noted for being in the top three most stressful careers! In the past, many teachers coped with this stress by thinking that at least they could “get out” at 55 and then go on to have a long, happy and fairly financially comfortable retirement.
However, with the recent rise in the retirement age, and the possibility of this going up even further, today’s teachers are in a very different position. With many now wanting to help their offspring through further education and perhaps also contributing to the cost of getting on the housing ladder, certainly very few will be able to think about retiring at 55, without planning it carefully. For those teachers who have reduced their teaching commitment, in order to devote time to bringing up their own families, the possibility of early retirement on a sizeable pension is also a remote possibility.
In order to reduce stress and retain a good work-life balance we must take control of our own situation. Read how these teachers are planning to ensure that they can live the life they want, both now and in retirement. Click on the photos to read more about their stories.