Thriving, not just surviving: Wellbeing for teachers at work and at home

The number of teachers seeking mental health support has risen by 35% in the past 12 months.

  • How can we better manage stress, and develop resilience and avoid burnout?
  • How does ensuring a good work-life balance enable us to do our job more effectively?
  • How can stronger personal boundaries help us to remain focused on the key elements of our job, and ensure we do them to the best of our ability?
  • How can we build personal resources to help us maintain a balanced outlook on our working, and personal, life?
  • How can we learn to not only survive, but actually thrive, as a teacher?

Counsellors at the Education Support Partnership hear daily from those struggling with the demands of ever-greater accountability, a growing testing culture and workload.

Impact of Covid 19 lockdown and Remote Teaching

Published January 2021, Ofsted’s in-depth study on remote education found that 86% of teachers said their work has increased since the implementation of remote education – with 45 percent saying it had “increased greatly”.

Too often work becomes a place in which we’re merely surviving – getting by, fire fighting, and running on adrenaline throughout term time, only to come crashing down into an exhausted heap come holiday time. Before we know it, holidays are over and it’s time to start all over again, and we’ve barely caught our breath let alone found time to relax and enjoy ourselves.

Importance of Teacher Wellbeing

In order to do our best by ourselves, our colleagues and, most importantly, the children under our care, we need to be able to thrive, not merely survive, as teachers and school staff. In order to do so we need to be able to look after and tend to our own wellbeing , both at a physical, mental, and emotional level, in order to develop resilience, manage stress, and remain healthy and high functioning in our role.

This course is aimed at helping all school staff to develop skills, strategies, means, and resources to enable them to improve their wellbeing and thrive at work, not just get by.

See also our Supporting & Maintaining Wellbeing in School INSET 

INSET Outline

The training will consider the stress cycle, the basic science behind the stress response, the value of developing healthy boundaries in the workplace, and will consider work-life balance and self-care to enable staff to remain physically and emotionally healthy and well, and therefore better able to do their job effectively and enjoy their role.

Understanding stress and learning how to prevent burnout


  • To develop a better understanding of the basic science of stress, the stress cycle and signs of stress
  • To become more aware of how we respond to stress as individuals, so as to become better placed to prevent, or minimise the impact of, burnout.

Boundaries and work-life balance


  • To understand the value of good boundaries in the workplace, and to develop personal boundary setting
  • To reinstate the value of a good work-life balance in order to increase efficiency in the workplace

Developing and maintain a balanced attitude to work and wider life


  • To identify and build on personal resources to support the development of resilience
  • To understand the value of self-care, and consider how we can implement this when working in an intense environment

To register an interest or raise any questions about this course please use the registration form below.

Registration of interest

020 8531 4182

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