Staff Health and Wellbeing

By enhancing staff mental health and wellbeing, schools will be investing in their future by increasing staff retention rates and ensuring a consistent teaching experience for children and young people.

A key part of the Whole School Approach to Emotional and Mental wellbeing is recognising the vital importance of ensuring that adults involved in Children and Young People's Emotional and Mental Health also feel supported and empowered in their own.

We have developed/collected the resources here below to support that effort.

   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 they are fun and these small changes can make a real difference. (Elaine Michel, Director of Public Health)

The ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ are to ‘Connect’, ‘Be Active’, ‘Take Notice’,’Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’.

Explore the 5 ways with children, young people, parents/carers and staff. Share ideas and think about the simple ways to support positive mental wellbeing.

   Questions for school leaders and governors

Below are a number of useful questions for School Leaders and Governors to consider when implementing policies, procedures and guidance relating to the emotional and mental health of their staff.

They cover topics are such as Governance, confidence, support, training and a whole school approach.

  1. Are all our staff trained to understand the emotional development of children and young people and how this affects their learning?
  2. Have we sought to discover the needs of our staff in terms of their own EHWB?
  3. Are our staff confident and competent in using a range of learning and teaching strategies that promote social and emotional skills and enhance the EHWB of our children and young people?
  4. Is extra support available and accessible to those members of staff working with the most vulnerable or challenging children and young people?
  5. Do we run training days where our staff can explore EHWB related topics such as relaxation, stress management and problem solving in order to promote the support that staff can access?
  6. Do we make good use of local and national CPD opportunities for all staff in teaching EHWB related issues?
  7. Are Governors invited and encouraged to take part in whole school CPD on EHWB related issues?
   Something quick to try…

The experience of happiness rises if you, once a day, write down, draw or think about 3 good things about yourself and your life - big or small. It could be thoughts, experiences or actions. You have to do it every day at the end of the day for at least a month in order to feel the effect, and the longer you keep on, the better the effect.

   Staff Wellbeing – A Whole School Approach

MentallyHealthySchools.org 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-to-1 support for staff in need.

You can get hold of the resources here - https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/whole-school-approach/supporting-staff-wellbeing/

   Your Mind Plan

This quiz was developed by public health England as a part of their ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign. It includes 5 quick questions which, depending on your answers, will help build you a practical plan that you can use to maintain and improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Take this short quiz to:

  • reflect on how you've been feeling over the past 2 weeks and issues that are affecting you
  • get top tips for action you can take, and advice about further support

Once you've completed the questions for the first time and emailed your plan, you can revisit the page and edit it at any time.

Your Mind Plan is for people aged 18 or over and is only designed to point you in the right direction. It is not a diagnosis tool. If you're worried about your health, you should speak to a health professional.