INSET : Supporting and Maintaining Well-being in School

Well-being

3,750 teachers were signed off on long-term sick leave last year because of low well-being ,pressure of work, anxiety and mental illness.

  • What happens when friendships and professional relationships collide?
  • How can quickly and effectively resolve conflict in the workplace?
  • How can we ensure a supportive environment at school?
  • How can we build our resilience and reduce stress, while becoming more effective at work?
  • How can we ensure a good work-life balance?

Work-related Stress on the rise

Teaching is a stressful job. Work-related stress in the teaching profession has increased for the third consecutive year, with sharp rises in tearfulness, difficulty sleeping and irritability amongst education professionals across the UK according to the latest Teacher Well-being Index.

Value Staff Well-being

In between firefighting in the classroom, managing pastoral care, managing relationships with colleagues, running extra-curricular activities oh, and actually teaching, it’s easy to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unable to cope. This can have a significant impact on our well-being, productivity, energy levels and enjoyment of life both at home and in the workplace. Things can start to feel unmanageable, and productivity and efficiency start to slide.

Developing Healthy Resilience

By learning more about how we build resilience and manage stress, communicate with colleagues and set boundaries, create a supportive work environment and develop healthy relationships in the workplace, amongst others, we can start to put in place measures that help us to manage stress more efficiently and become more resilient in both our domestic and personal lives, thus becoming more productive and efficient at work.

See also our Wellbeing for Better Teaching INSET

This course is aimed at helping school staff – both teaching and non-teaching – to develop skills, strategies, and resources that will help to improve their well-being and manage the everyday stresses and strains of such an intense and demanding job.

If you are feeling high levels of work-related stress contact the Education Support Partnership’s free helpline offering support and counselling for teachers on 08000 562 561.

INSET Outline

This course will look at workplace relationships, consider how to set firmer boundaries in work and communicate more effectively with colleagues, and will discuss how to build personal resources to help develop greater resilience to stress, and subsequently increase productivity in the workplace.

Relationships at Work

Objectives:-

To consider the value of good workplace relationships

To understand the unique challenges of multiplex relationships

To develop boundary setting

Strengthening a collaborative workplace culture

Objectives:-

To manage difficult conversations and resolve conflict

To strengthen the supportive environment at work

Building Resilience

Objectives:-

To rethink prioritising and efficiency

To reinstate the value of a good work-life balance

To develop and build on resources to increase resilience

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