In order to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people, those who work with them need to be well supported and it is important that their wellbeing is taken seriously. We are committed to supporting educators so they can support their students effectively.
We know that you, the teachers and wider support staff within education settings are expected to not only teach children and young people, but support them emotionally too.
Although most educators are happy to take on this additional role, it is added pressure and as such, you should receive support to do so.
Building a culture that actively supports staff wellbeing can take time, but it doesn't mean that it can't be done.
Small, incremental changes can make a huge difference and will all contribute in the long run.
It is always worth checking out what policies are already in place to support your wellbeing. There may be an Employee Assistance Program that you can access, or there may be other programmes in place such as a staff mental health champion or regular supervision.
If these are not available, or if they are not working, there are a number of things that can be done to support staff wellbeing in the interim.
- You can ‘buddy’ up with your colleagues and create familiar support networks
- Create a safe and welcoming space for yourself and colleagues where you can relax when you need ‘time out’
- Include staff wellbeing on the agenda for meetings
- Use of mindfulness or meditation apps or promote local leisure activities such as swimming or yoga
Whilst we know that the suggestions outlined above will not work for everyone and will not solve the issue - they can begin to help until more robust measures are in place.