Staff mental health and wellbeing
How to be happy: a guide for teachers (and everyone else)
Staff in schools are notoriously vulnerable to poor wellbeing – try these simple psychological tricks to stay positive:
- Don't worry about being happy
- Connect with people
- Value your time
- Be kind to others
Mental Health Awareness
With more and more of us affected by mental health issues, it is vital that all employers are able to identify the main warning signs of mental ill health. St John Ambulance is set to launch courses to enable managers and supervisors to identify, understand and assist those who may be developing, or suffering from a mental health issue. To receive more information, please register your interest here.
The Mindful Employer (TME) website carries a range of publications to help your managers and staff including Keeping Well at Work, Making Work Work and Feeling Stressed, Keeping Well. Why not take a look?
Resources are free to download and many employers have bought printed copies of Line Managers Resource, Keeping Well at Work and general leaflets for their employees. Take a look at the films Working with Anxiety and Let’s Talk – TME can send you the mp3 files if you want to use them on your staff intranet or e-learning sites: they are free so do get in touch.
Chloe Brotheridge knows what it's like to constantly overthink things, to feel nervous about everyday stuff and to let a lack of confidence hold you back from being yourself and being in the moment. Living with anxiety and low self confidence is frustrating at worst, and at best- a living nightmare! (Click on the title/logo above for Chloe's Blog and many more resources)
17/10/17 Rethink Mental Illness - The Importance of Self Care Does anyone else think ‘self-care’ and ‘self-love’ has become a bit of a cliche? Having a bubble bath, getting a massage, repeating positive affirmations ’til you’re blue in the face? Maybe you’re not the bubble bath type (I for one, get bored after about 10 minutes!) Maybe you hate being touched by a stranger and so a massage is a definite no-no. Maybe you’re wondering who has the time (or the money?!) for all that. But ‘self-care’ is important. Super important! Whether you have a mental health issue or you're caring for someone who does - it needs to be a priority for all of us. Here are three important reasons why. (Click on the title to read more).
Teacher's Blog - on the Teacher Network - from the Guardian 22 September 2017 - How my school takes the stress off teachers
- a common approach to lessons gives teachers more control
- have an efficient whole-school behaviour policy
- written feedback is only given where needed
- the homework process is streamlined
- collaboration on the curriculum
- no burdensome written reports
- on going coaching helps improve quality of teaching and learning
Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools - Anna Freud
Teaching is a tough job. It can be immensely rewarding but also physically and emotionally draining. If we want our school staff to do what is asked of them, then we need to make sure that their mental health and wellbeing is effectively supported.This booklet has been developed with our mental health experts, and aims to give school staff and Senior Leadership Teams some simple guidance and good practical examples where schools have successfully implemented wellbeing strategies. Topics featured include "What can impact or support staff wellbeing? What can Supervision look like in schools? and How can senior leaders prioritise wellbeing? Click on the image to go to the website where you can download the booklet.
DASH Risk Assessment form
The purpose of this checklist is to give a consistent and simple to use tool to practitioners who work with victims of domestic abuse in order to help them identify those who are at high risk of harm and whose cases should be referred to a MARAC meeting in order to manage the risk. CLICK ON THE LOGO OR TITLE TO DOWNLOAD.
The Pearson Teaching Awards
The Teaching Awards Trust was established in 1998 by David, Lord Puttnam CBE, as a means of recognising and celebrating excellence in education. The Awards honour outstanding teachers and teaching and highlight just how vital success in education is to the health and wealth of the UK.
The charity’s mission is to celebrate excellence in education, through the annual Pearson Teaching Awards and the Thank a Teacher Campaign
Click here to view the website and find out about nominating outstanding teachers
How can teachers inspire greatness in children if they’ve lost sight of the greatness in themselves? Why inspiring greatness in pupils begins with taking care of their teachers
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