Teacher Wellbeing

Posted at 12:54 pm on 12th March, 2019

The Healthy Learning Trust Schools Sports Partnership recently hosted it’s second event of ‘Scholarship through health and well-being’ at Flixton Girls School. This, the second of the scheduled programme of events, centered around ‘Teacher Wellbeing’. The aims of which included understanding issues / impact around teacher recruitment, challenges of the teaching profession and recognising causes / signs of stress. Breaking down the barriers to ensure we all feel confident in how to support colleagues.

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This all forms part of the Partnership’s centralised programme ‘Mental Health Awareness’ in a school setting and the associated issues raised by staff locally, as well as nationally. This programme of development is being rolled out over the coming months, including more in-depth guidance, forming part of our provision of CPD to our local schools. Commitment to this programme enabling all parties to share good practice and toolkits for use within their own environment.

The Healthy Learning Trust School Sports Partnership works in partnership with Ashton on Mersey School to provide the School Games Competition in Trafford. It also works closely with local schools ensuring that young people across Trafford have access to high quality PE, School Sport and physical activity, creating a sustainable legacy within schools.

Feedback was universally positive with attendees saying:

  • “I feel more knowledgeable about teacher health & wellbeing after the training today”
  • “Thank you for such an informative and engaging course”
  • “Enjoyed it a lot. An engaging and interactive course delivery with helpful scenarios!”
  • 88% of the course attendees said “The course will help me in my role at school.”

Sarah Powell, Health & Wellbeing lead at FGS and event coordinator quote said

This course was established following feedback from our inaugurial course ‘Mental Health Awareness’ attendees. With many delegates expressing an interest in specific teacher health and wellbeing, which is a very topical area in the news at the moment. 

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It is well documented that in order for children to achieve their full potential, staff need to be healthy and happy at work so they can provide high quality teaching and learning experiences to the students.  The course focused on the issues around teacher mental health and wellbeing, as well as providing research based strategies and tools that can easily be implemented in schools to support staff and leaders, so that these issues can be addressed early.

Teacher Health.jpgIt was great to see attendees from near and afar and to hear the ideas and examples of good practice that is going on in schools already!  Thank you to everybody who attended!

Matt Keen, from Urmston Primary commented: ‘I attended the first CPD programme and have assisted my workplace to implement some of the strategies. I have been teaching for fifteen years and these types of courses have  been really thought provoking course.’

To find out more about the Healthy Learning Trust , the School Sports Partnership and our CPD offer please visit the Trust website - https://www.healthylearningtrust.org.uk/ .