‘Teachers are playing a key role not only in helping keyworkers to provide frontline services but also ensuring children and young people remain engaged and learning in the most challenging of circumstances. For this it is important to recognise the essential contribution made by teachers during this time.
Teachers are responsible for creating environments that foster successful learning and teaching, but this can sap their energy and test their patience. In the current circumstances, teachers are working at pace to develop new learning and teaching environments and may well be working alone and/or managing specific family circumstances.
It is important that throughout this time all education professionals care for their mental health and wellbeing. Pressures and worries can build up to a point where they have a detrimental effect on wellbeing, which in turn impacts teachers’ ability to do their job. In the current circumstances, it can be challenging to balance wellbeing with managing uncertainty and changing expectations’
- GTC Scotland
As teachers, we are on the ‘front line’ in terms of the national effort. It is important that all educational professionals, parents and carers look after their mental health and well being so that they may effectively continue to support children and young people though these uncertain times.
All Heads recognise that leadership in schools, against the backdrop of constant change and with increasingly limited resource, can be very demanding, challenging and at times isolating. This can affect us all and at times has a more profound effect, given the professional context and our personal circumstances.
Working in partnership with SAfE, Phase Councils provide well-being support and guidance to Headteachers.
For further information about the services that are available from each Council, please contact the following;
Jo Jones – Primary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassia Steinbarth – Secondary: email@example.com
Di Hodson – Special: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Lewis – EYFS: email@example.com
Brian Phelps, School Counsellor at Hinchley Wood School, has developed a series of short Self Care and CPD videos to support staff during this time.
You can view an introduction to these videos here.
Video 1: Managing Shock
Video 2: Adjusting To Home Working
Video 3: Working from Home
Video 4: Bereavement
Video 5: Self Care
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