Teachers in Suffolk have had 441 academic years of sick days in the last three years. 

The East Anglian Daily Times reports:

THE STRESS of Ofsted inspections has been blamed for a 16% increase in days off sick among Suffolk’s teachers.

The average number of sick days per teacher rose to 6.45 last year from 5.53 in 2010, according to new figures – the equivalent of every teacher having an extra day off through illness.

The statistics, released by Suffolk County Council following a Freedom of Information request, revealed a total of 86,138 days were lost to sickness during the past three years – the equivalent to 441 academic years of teaching time.

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