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Reduce teacher stress and improve wellbeing 

Teacher workload is an ongoing concern. This collection of resources contains some key ideas for anyone looking to reduce teacher stress and protect staff wellbeing in schools. Find out what's inside >

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"What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches." - Karl Menninger

What is this guide about?

Teacher wellbeing is the key to school success. A research study into the links between staff wellbeing and school performance concluded that:

  • How teachers feel on a daily basis is likely to affect their performance and, in turn, the performance of the pupils they teach
  • Happier, motivated teachers may make pupils feel happier, motivated and more confident
  • Happier teachers may also concentrate better on the job of teaching and experience more motivation to help pupils in need of special attention
Teacher workload and burnout is a significant ongoing issue that needs addressing at policy level. But, there are some things that school leaders can do to reduce teacher stress, as well as actions teachers can take to protect their own health and wellbeing.

We’ve collected 13 health and wellbeing resources for teachers from life-coaches, scientists and thought-leaders about simple ways to boost your everyday happiness. If you or your staff are feeling weighed down by work, dip into the ideas in this guide for some inspiration.

In this guide:

  • Is a 5 point teacher wellbeing plan for school leaders
  • Useful advice on an effective work-life balance
  • 5 things you should do every day to be happier and the science behind it
  • 7 principles that fuel success and performance at work
  • A guide to getting started with meditation and mindfulness for teachers

 

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“If we spent more time developing and looking after staff that are already experienced in the classroom, they wouldn't leave. 

Hannah Wilson, Professional Learning Leader, Harris Federation