INSET: Positive Mental Wellbeing for Teachers & TA’s

“The whole staff really enjoyed your CPD session – it had learning, reflection and various ideas for implementing strategies.”
Fiona Brindley, Headteacher, St Brendan’s Primary School, Bolton

More than half of Britain’s teachers have a diagnosed mental health problem

Three quarters of those surveyed by Leeds Beckett University believe their poor psychological and emotional conditions could have a detrimental effect on pupils’ progress – a situation campaigners have said “cannot go on”.

“Excessive workloads” and growing financial pressures on education staff were among the reasons given for the problems.

Investment in Staff Mental Wellbeing

Often overlooked in the delivery of a busy and comprehensive curriculum, is the well-being of school staff. Often it takes a breaking point issue to really grasp the importance of initiating, developing and maintaining qualitative and quantitative staff well-being. An investment in staff well-being development raises awareness of the importance of staff, and upskills them to take even more control over their own well-being in an emotionally secure school setting. If staff are more at ease with their well-being this has a very positive impact on pupil engagement and achievement.

 “It is clear from this research that teachers feel that their own mental health can have a detrimental impact on the quality of their teaching, the progress of their learners and the quality of the relationships they establish with students and colleagues”.

Professor Jonathan Glazzard, of Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Education.

INSET Outcomes:

By the end of the INSET, delegates will have:

• Identified and defined what stress is
• Identified different types of stress i.e. panic attacks, depression, anxiety
• Measured stress through a stress audit
• Identified stress triggers
• Reviewed current coping and preventative mechanisms
• Identified additional coping and preventative mechanisms
• Introduced strategies for coping for life enhancement and enjoyment

Who is this INSET for?

• All teaching staff, TA’s, SLT

This INSET is would be ideal as a Keynote speech at an educational conference.

INSET Outline

What is Positive Mental Wellbeing and what can we learn from the evidence?

This course introduces the key aspects of developing positive mental health and well-being for staff. It looks at current statistics from Mental Health England, NHS and national media sources and clearly defines the current stress landscape within education.

Identifying and Measure Stress in the workplace

Practical activities are introduced which identify the different types of stress, along with a personal stress audit which yields individual stress ratings. There is an additional questionnaire that identifies stress triggers and through individual and anonymous group work, potential solutions are discussed.

Development of Emotional Competencies and Stress Coping Strategies.

The course then looks at developing the emotional competency rating of staff, as well as introducing simple and more complex stress coping and well-being strategies.

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