“Nearly half of teachers struggling with mental health, suggests survey” (TES 27/2/17)
“The number of teachers seeking mental health support has risen by 35% in the past 12 months, to April 2018” (Education Support Partnership)
“A third of education professionals said their job had made them feel stressed most or all of the time in the past few weeks. A staggering 53% had also considered leaving the sector within the past two years because of health pressures.” (Guardian 10/4/18)
Staff wellbeing is a key determinant of school performance, and pupil wellbeing and attainment. Yet, as the above statistics suggest the Mental Health and Wellbeing of staff needs to be a priority for any educational organisation. Neglecting to budget for staff wellbeing programmes could be costing your organisation in terms of recruitment, staff absence, supply cover and reduced productivity.
At brightcore consultancy we have the skills, experience and qualifications to deliver a range of offers to ensure you are highly effective in providing for the Mental Health and Wellbeing needs of your staff.
We offer a range of staff wellbeing programmes from standalone workshops to long term wellbeing courses.
- Staff Wellbeing Policy Development and Implementation
- Promoting Wellbeing & Work-Life Balance
- Developing Staff Mental Health Action Groups
- Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques
Staff Mindfulness Courses:
We run 9-week on-site Mindfulness courses for educational professionals. We start with a taster session in each school followed by 8 consecutive weekly sessions of 1.5 hours each. These can run after school one night each week and often serve as highly effective CPD and are incredibly popular with the course participants. We can accommodate up to 30 delegates on each course.
Considerable academic research has been conducted by institutions such as Oxford, Harvard, Bangor and Exeter Universities into the benefits of mindfulness practice in both adults and children. To read more about the evidence, please click here. But in essence, the evidence shows that regular Mindfulness practice leads, amongst other things, to a reduction in stress, burnout and anxiety, better mental health, greater wellbeing, self-confidence, self-efficacy, self- compassion and sense of personal growth, an improved ability to manage thoughts and behaviour, an increase in coping skills, increased kindness and compassion to others, greater tolerance, forgiveness and patience, and less anger and hostility, increased cognitive performance, including the ability to pay attention and focus, make decisions and respond flexibly to challenges, enhanced job performance, including better classroom management and organisation, greater ability to prioritise, to see the whole picture, to be more self- motivated and autonomous, to show greater attunement to students’ needs, and achieve more supportive relationships with them.