From April 2017 to March 2018, the number of teachers seeking support increased by 35%, from 2,321 to 3,136.
Education Support Partnership
Impact on Pupil Outcomes
Teacher wellbeing has a direct impact on student learning as shown in research by Professor Donna Cross Winthrop, Telethon Kids Institute at the University of Western Australia.
As a minimum standard, schools should have a staff wellbeing policy. Teachers, school leaders and Teaching Assistants should also be offered additional training on stress management and resilience building to cope with the aspects of the job they find most challenging – which, if not addressed, can lead to poor mental health.
Impact of School Recruitment & Retention
The consequence of schools not addressing staff well-being is a mounting recruitment and retention problem. Teaching is one of the most important jobs there is, a chance to shape the future of the next generation. But by turning the role into an unmanageable task we risk alienating those with the passion and skill to succeed.
Impact on Pupil’s Mental Health
There is also a link between poor staff mental health and poor pupil mental health. There has not been nearly enough focus on the former in recent years, and this must change if we are to improve the wellbeing of future generations.
Ultimately, there needs to be statutory wellbeing policies in all education institutions and regulators should prioritise staff wellbeing in their assessments.
Our CPD and INSET on Staff Wellbeing
JMC provide a range of support for schools to improve staff wellbeing beyond putting cakes in the staffroom or telling teachers not to work over the weekend. Our training programmes provide longer lasting strategies for staff to manage the growing pressures of the job.
For further support, contact the Education Support Partnership’s free helpline offering support and counselling for teachers on 08000 562 561.