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Staff Zone

Good staff well-being is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school, for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting pupil well-being and attainment.

Good staff wellbeing is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school, for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting pupil wellbeing and attainment.

It is a crucial element of the Whole School Approach.

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   ‘Switching off over summer’

Have you seen Education Support's recent webinar yet 'Switching off over summer'? Watch now for takeaway tips and techniques, ready to make the most of your well-deserved summer holiday. ...Read more

   “June Tired”

It is not uncommon to hear teachers and other educators talk about being “June tired” — the way they typically feel in June after a full...Read more


It's not too late to register: We will be joined by some amazing speakers to highlight the importance of Anti-Bullying Week & the need to spread the One Ki...Read more


A brilliant time was had at the first conference of the year. Great speakers and representatives. @DerbyOppArea @beingbrilliant @actnforchildren @DCCTSuperSchool @BridgetheGapFW @musicmind @kooth_plc @catharsisbiz @myinternalworld @Andrew_BlackAOB . ...Read more

   #International Women’s day#2022

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NB: Did you know kindness can help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing? Research shows that being kind has clear benefits for our mental health. Find out more about what these benefits are from the kindness matters guide ...Read more

   #MentalHealthAwareness week 2022

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   #SelfCareSummer – Anna Freud NCCF@AFNCCF

Are you ready for #SelfCareSummer? We have created packs for schools to help young people find strategies to support their mental health and wellbeing over the holidays, and we have also created a self-care toolkit for staff. Download now ...Read more


It's #StressAwarenessMonth and @StressMgtSoc are encouraging everyone to pick one action for their physical, mental and emotional ...Read more


World Kindness Day is coming up on November 13th. Follow the link for some help...Read more

   12 Days of Winter Wellbeing

Head over to twitter and check out their 12 tips for winter wellbeing. Here is Day 1. ...Read more

   A FREE GUIDE – How to look after your mental health

It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Below is a link to a FREE guide put together by based around 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time...Read more

   A good work-life balance

Anxiety can become a vicious cycle that’s hard to break out of. In a recent survey 29% of people said work was a source of anxiety, so it's important to keep a healthy work-life balance. Mental Health Foundation have got some useful tips: ...Read more

   A range of great Derby websites

Continue to provide support for the important work underway in schools to support staff, pupils and families in schools. Each of them has live resources and a rolling programme of supportive activity and training for schools. Visit them to see what’s available: ...Read more

   Action for Happiness

Even when facing difficult times, we can still take positive steps forward and find reasons to be hopeful Join for ...Read more

   Advice for loneliness

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek#IveBeenThere#Lonliness Here is some practical advice and tips on how to help yourself or others if you or they are feeling lonely. 1. Keep in touch with those around you Talk to friends and family. Sometimes a fr...Read more

   Boundaries, Rest and Letting go

NB: EducationSupport We’re bringing together a panel of experienced #teachers, #HR leads and ...Read more

   Burnout: recognising the signs and protecting yourself

NB: The term burnout was originally coined in the 1970s to describe the consequences of ‘severe stress and high ideals’ among the helping professions. These are fields where many feel a high level of moral purpose, a dedication to making a diffe...Read more

   Childline’s Calm Zone

There are lots of ways to feel calmer. The trick is finding out what works for each individual. Childline have free resources of ideas, games, tools and exercises designed to help children and young people stay calm as much as possible. To find out more click here: ...Read more

   Children’s Mental Health Week, including Wear your Scarf to School Day

Are you ready to Support children’s mental health week, 7-13th Feb? Access your resources for Children's Mental Health Week and Wear your Scarf to School Day ht...Read more

   Derby City Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

“Securing a strong mental health and wellbeing culture for your pupils and staff” Tuesday 15th March 2022 9am-3.45pm at Pride Park Stadium DE24 8XL This conference is for Designated Senior Mental Health Leads, Senior Leaders, Past...Read more

   Derby is the first City to have a Mental Health leader in every School

The Emotionally Healthy Schools programme, which was led by Redwood Primary School in Sinfin and funded by the Derby Opportunity Area, was launched to create a Mental Health Local Offer that brings all sources of support and information into one place for schools. Speaking about the pr...Read more

   Derby OA Inclusion Conference & Showcase

Schools are invited to attend the following conferences. Places are funded through the OA Inclusion Programme so they’re free to attend and schools are welcome to bring along several members of staff including Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Behaviour Leads, SENCOs, Pastoral Leads, Governors, T...Read more

   Derby Wellbeing 365

Derby's school staff can access free wellbeing support via the new Derby Wellbeing 365 website: ...Read more

   Do you know about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing?

There are simple ways that we can all use to make a difference to the way we feel, think and react to life’s ups and downs. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are tried and tested actions to improve both mental and physical wellbeing. It takes a bit of practice to build them into your life, but...Read more

   Don’t forget to book on….

Derby City Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference Securing a strong mental health and wellbeing culture for your pupils and staff Tuesday 15th March 202...Read more

   Emotional Health Training Newsletter Emotio...Read more

   Emotional Support

 Education Support @EdSupportUK Don't forget. Our free and confidential helpline is here for you and your colleagues throughout the summer. 08000 562 561. Call us. We’ll listen. ...Read more

   Evidence-informed solutions to improve student and staff mental health

NB: Follow the link for a wealth of resources. ...Read more

   Exercise can be a great way to boost your wellbeing.

What can you do to get active over the summer? #SelfCare#MentalHealthAwareness ...Read more

   External Agency Support

Click below to check out our repository of useful links, contacts, and organisations that ...Read more

   Final Project Report

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   Five ways to increase your happiness in 2022

NB: Top tips from the young teachers from Danielle aged 4 ...Read more

   Free online tools & resources #childrensmentalhealthweek

Yes Futures empowers young people to develop confidence and resilience through personal development programmes in primary and secondary schools. ...Read more

   Free Seminar Series – Staff and Pupil Mental Health

The Bupa UK Foundation and the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools have launched a new seminar series for School Leaders, Senior Mental Health and Pastoral Leads which focuses on the mental wellbeing of staff, pupils and the wider community as schools re-open. Th...Read more

   From Mental Health to Mental Wealth At the art of brilliance their NEW Wellbeing Award can transform your team’s mental health! They want people to feel confident, resilient, creative, motivated, empathetic, agile, & who have real purpose in their lives. This programme equips them! Full d...Read more

   Have you booked your place?

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   Listen to this year’s #MentalHealthMinute

NB: Over 500 radio stations across the UK united at 10:59am on Friday 14th May to play this year's #MentalHealthMinute in unison. This year’s Minute featured the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, David Beckham, Dame Shirley Bassey, Joanna Lumley, ...Read more

   Looking after your Mental Health

NB: Mental have lots of how-to... guides which include lots of evidence-based information on different ways that you can help to look after your mental health. They're all free to read online and download, or you can buy printed c...Read more

   Mental Health & Wellbeing in 5 simple steps

The Anna Freud Centre launched its free 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework, which is an evidence-based tool which supports you to decide ...Read more

   Mental Health & Wellbeing resources

A whole host of great resources to support you individually and your colleagues on Education support's new revamped website. ...Read more

   Mental Health Foundation Impact Report 2020 – 2021

NB: The last year will be forever remembered for the global pandemic – a seismic event in all of our lives with impact in every area of society, including here at the Mental Health Foundation. ...Read more

   Mental Health in an Unequal World

3 days to go..... Follow the link for a free downloadable document with educational content, with the help of collaborators from all over the world. ...Read more

   Mental Health Masterclasses

NB: Please note there is a cost for the masterclasse...Read more

   Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Awareness Week resources. Check out this selection of @beingbrilliant books. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek#Lonliness NB: Paid for resources ...Read more

   Mental Health Tips 2023

Happy New Year from Emotionally Healthy Schools. 🎆 share some tips to help you protect your mental health in 2023: ...Read more

   MHFA England – 2022 Round-up:

Mental Health First Aid England would like to share their top five most downloaded resources to help benefit you and your workplaces wellbeing throughout 2023. ...Read more

   Monthly Mindfulness For Derbyshire and Derby City Professionals working with Children and Young People and Council Employees: Friday 30 July 2021 – 14:00 -15:00...Read more

   My Whole Self MOT

We know that at this time of year juggling work and home life can be stressful. Why not use our My Whole Self MOT tool to check in with yourself and support others during this busy time. more

   Now that’s what I call leadership – Free Webinar

Come and join a LIVE webinar with the amazing Peter Anderton - where he will cut through the noise around leadership and reveal the two rules EVERY leader needs to know. ...Read more

   Nutrition and Mood

NB: First Steps Delivered by Grace Taylor from First Steps Eating Disorders Nutrition and Mood is CPD accredited training that explores influential factors such a...Read more

   One Kind Word

Anti-Bullying week starts today. 15 to 19 November 2021 and the theme is 'One Kind Word'. Today kicks off with odd socks day. ...Read more

   Opportunity areas programme: research and analysis

The Opportunity Areas programme process evaluation has now been published. This research report looks at how the OA programme was delivered in all 12 areas, alongside 5 intervention level evaluations in other OAs. All these reports can be viewed here: ...Read more

   Reminder: Understanding Mental Health for young people

The mental health charity 'Mind' has put together a useful guide for young people to help them gain a greater understanding of mental health, with some quick tips and guides aimed at helping them manage it. Check it out here: ...Read more

   Rest & Recovery

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   School leaders wellbeing support

Education support are offering limited free spaces to services focused on improving your mental health and wellbeing. Please follow the link ...Read more

   School Mental Health Specialist -DFE Assured

@Minds_Ahead - Train whilst you work. When we researched the School Mental Health Specialist programme, we found that headteachers want to have a member of staff on site, working for them as a part of their team, trained in ...Read more

   Self care Sunday

NB: Education Support Self care Sunday – take time for yourself to relax and recharge. It's absolutely ok to do so ...Read more

   Seven strategies for managing anxiety

NB: Psychotherapist, Ben Amponsah outlines seven key strategies to help teachers and education staff to manage anxiety during the coronavirus crisis. (This was put together on the first Lockdown) Still relevant today. ...Read more

   Staff Wellbeing – A Whole School Approach has a raft of resources, starting points, questions and ideas that can help schools develop and embed a Whole School Approach across the entire scope of the school - including governance and leadership, school culture and environment, creating a Wellbeing policy, and 1...Read more

   Stress Awareness Day

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   Stress-busting tips: how to stay calm and in control

Education Support's webinar will offer practical advice and support for teachers and education staff. Follow the link to book your place: ...Read more

   Support is available

All Derby City employees can use the below log in details to access a wide range of free support through an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme). Services available range from Online Counselling, news stories/case studies, help with money management and much more. ...Read more

   Supporting each other:

How staff can help each other with mental health and wellbeing ...Read more

   Supporting each other: how staff can help each other with mental health and wellbeing

Get yourself booked onto this free webinar taking place: Tuesday 8th February 4-5pm 🕔 Get your FREE ticket here: ...Read more

   Taking Care of Teachers

NB: Education Support Get the tools you need to create a school culture that prioritises the mental health and wellbeing of teachers & all staff including: Staff wellbeing audit Mental health p...Read more

   Teacher wellbeing As you prepare for the Summer break watch this webinar to support your wellbeing during this period. ...Read more

   Teacher Wellbeing

There's still time for you to get your ticket for Education Support webinar tomorrow, hosted with @AcademyTrust! Hear from their panel of experts and find out how to prioritise mental health and wellbeing in schools. Get your free ticket now ...Read more

   Teacher Wellbeing

Art of Brilliance, a local Derby company, has been commissioned by the Opportunity Area Board to provide ad...Read more

   The art of giving up…

NB: Dr Andy Cope @beingbrilliant An interesting blog post... ...Read more

   The fifth Wellbeing Workout session is today at 4pm!

The Wellbeing Workout is designed as a mental health ‘6-pack...Read more

   The Kindness Principle Conference For Derby City Schools

Delivered by Dave Whitaker Free to attend for Derby City Schools. Thursday 30th June 2022 Pride Park Stadium Use the link to book your place; ...Read more

   The wait is over…

NB: The wait is over - our latest Teacher Wellbeing Index is now live! This report provides an insight into working lives of teachers and education staff under the shadow of Covid-19. Read it here: ...Read more

   The Wellbeing Workout kicks off today at 4pm……

The Wellbeing Workout is designed as a mental health ‘6-pack’. The 6 webinar programme is designed to equip you with knowledge, skills and know-how to upgrade to ‘best possible self’ more often... and it starts today at 4pm.The We...Read more

   Time to talk day

@Rethink_@MindCharity #TimeToTalkDay Make space on February 2 to talk to someone about Mental Health. Talk about how you fe...Read more

   Top 5 tips for avoiding back-to-school burnout

NB: Victoria Hewett, teacher, education blogger and author of 'Making it as a a Teacher,' shares tips to help maintain your wellbeing in the new school year. ...Read more

   Top tips to look after your Mental Health throughout the School day.

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   Top tips to support children and young people

NB: Some children and young people would have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled, keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situat...Read more

   Wellbeing & Mental Health of Teachers & Education Staff

NB: Education Support offer a range of free support to all school staff . They promote this service as much as possible in Mental Health Leads’ Network meetings and receive nothing but excellent feedback on the articles and helpline support that ...Read more

   Wellbeing workout reminder, second session is today.

The second Wellbeing Workout session is today at 4 pm...Read more

   Workplace Culture Change

NB: Mental Health First Aid England How often do you check in with your colleagues about their wellbeing? Our #MyWholeSelf MOT is a free guide that will help you check in on your own and others’ mental h...Read more

   World Mental Health Day 2021

Together we can make a difference #WMHD2021 ...Read more

   Your Mental Health

A range of content designed to give you more information about mental health and to help you to look after your mental health. There are podcasts, videos, inspiring stories and information about getting help if you're struggling. ...Read more