The COVID crisis of 2020 has had a devastating effect on us all, none more so than our teachers. The education sector was already under pressure and has higher than average rates of depression, anxiety and stress amongst staff.
Then, staff were placed on the front line heading into the classroom amidst grim daily statistics and a lack of testing facilities. Workloads rapidly increased and many were experiencing overwhelming pressures juggling home schooling and caring for vulnerable family members.
According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the charity Education Support (2020), half of the UK’s school teachers (52%) say their mental health declined during the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Too much stress for too long leads to chronic health problems – mentally, emotionally and physically. This can lead to;
Most will adopt a reactive approach to a colleague with a mental health issue, but what if there was another way?
Studies have shown that a proactive approach is not only cost effective but enables staff to provide early intervention for themselves and their colleagues. Saving time and money but improving communication among team members and helping teachers to feel valued.
From Teacher to Student
When teachers are performing at their best this creates a ripple effect moving from teacher to student. Lessons are engaging and impactful, relationships more productive and students excel.
We have been working with stressed out staff for years. We provide impactful and engaging training and support that helps teachers and schools reduce stress, avoid burnout and perform at their best.
We also work closely with associates who are highly trained and fully qualified experts in their field who share the same passion for changing the educational landscape.
At HeadStrong Training in Education, we understand the impact that stress has on colleagues and students, and we believe we can reduce that impact. Our whole-school approach to education and emotional wellbeing includes training, assessment, intervention and support to ensure that not only do your staff thrive, but your students also.
We know how important it is to model behaviour and to embed a common language and culture of wellbeing. We believe in empowering adults to empower their students and can support you to do this. Services include:
HeadStrong Training in Education was co- founded by Lisa Jones and Veronika Chidemo, a teacher & former Senior Leader in Pastoral Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Lisa and Veronika are two people who are passionate about an integrative whole school approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education, which places equal importance on staff and student wellbeing.
We believe in the power of prevention by advocating for and supporting a culture of wellbeing in schools. We aim to promote mental health and wellbeing awareness, leadership and strategy in a safe environment that allows staff and students to build resilience and manage life’s challenges effectively so call can flourish.