The Sun, the Workload and the Relationships: a comparative study between the UK and UAE primary teachers’ workplace wellbeing

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Objectives: This comparative study examines factors that affect primary teacher workplace wellbeing (PTWW), for teachers who live in the United Kingdom and expatriate UK teachers living in the United Arab Emirates.

Design: A mixed-methods approach was utilised to attain a holistic picture of PTWW. An online survey measuring workplace wellbeing, resilience and teachers’ sense of efficacy explored factors that contribute to workplace wellbeing. 16 teachers were interviewed for their views on workplace wellbeing.

Methods: The online survey sample was made up of 353 participants from the UAE (n=162) and UK (n=191). Psychosocial factors and demographic information including location were included as predictors in a regression analysis of workplace wellbeing. A sample of 16 participants (8 UAE & 8 UK) was interviewed online about their work in school, their environment and wellbeing. Thematic Analysis was used to analyse the transcripts.

Results: The results show that factors from teacher personal resources can protect PTWW, whereas factors from teacher home-life, workplace environment, and the Covid-19 Pandemic can either boost or lower PTWW. This study identified that the factors of resilience, self-efficacy, and accomplishments differ according to location, but many factors were salient in both location samples.
Period9 Sep 2021
Event titleBritish Psychological Society the Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2021
Event typeConference


  • Teacher wellbeing