Why teachers quit: ‘I have friends up north who can’t afford their heating bill’

Matthew Roberts, who wrote a play about the stresses of teaching, says he understands why people are leaving the profession

Matthew Roberts, 44, is an English teacher at the Green School for Boys, a state secondary in Hounslow. But for the past few years he has agonised over whether he should quit – and, in 2019, wrote and performed a one-man play called Teach at the Edinburgh fringe.

Each evening, he opened up about the bullying, the pressure, the stress and the disillusionment teachers feel – and then asked the audience whether he should quit. Most of the time, he found the audience desperately wanted him to stay in teaching. And that, he says, has given him the strength to carry on.

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