Almost half of school staff believe students under their tutelage have self-harmed and almost one in five were aware of youngsters attempting suicide, according to a new survey.
Of the more than 400 Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) members answering a survey, 81 said they were aware of pupils attempting suicide in an effort to combat stress. Of those, 18 were primary school staff.
Some staff said cyberbullying and the desire to feel popular were among the most common causes of stress among their pupils.
Anecdotal evidence from ATL union members,…