Fight or flight: the choices for educators

Current education policy may make you want to take flight like the husband and wife headteachers who resigned recently. There is a lot we can do to help you stay and fight if you feel caught in that struggle between career and conscience.

Life as a prison educator

Prison educator, Stephen Boyce, talks about the specific and unique pressures experienced by education staff working in prisons.

Would you like a coach?

As we go through life, many people support our progress. Personally, this support has included, at certainly critical points, a selection of coaches. From a sailing coach when I was seventeen; a business coach when I was twenty-one; a triathlon coach when I was twenty-five; a life coach when I was twenty-eight; a breast-feeding coach when I was thirty; a social impact coach and a governance coach now that I am thirty-three.

Supporting staff with wellbeing at UCU

Charles Elford, Head of Personnel at UCU, shared the initiatives that UCU has put in place to support its staff with mental health issues and wellbeing.

A manifesto for wellbeing

Ahead of the next Parliament, the Education Support Partnership has published its own manifesto for teacher wellbeing.

Meditation & visualisation for stress and anxiety

Meditation has become a key technique for many of us to help deal with stress and anxiety. Here Vanessa Potter, who dramatically lost her sight, explains how she used mediation and visualisation to cope and aid her recovery.

Top 5 wellbeing tips supply teachers

Working as a supply teacher is very rewarding, but there is no doubt that it can be a challenge at times. Look after yourself with these tips for better wellbeing.

Wellbeing: mixed messages or no messages at all?

Former headteacher Dr. David Dixon discusses how instead of school leaders and staff kow-towing to ‘the system’, they should look to how the system can work for them to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and a happy environment for staff and students. 

Wellbeing & mental health in the news: March/April 2017

Various articles have been published this month about the mental health and wellbeing of education staff. We have reviewed them and picked out the best ones for you here.

How to discuss the news with your students

After the recent Westminster attacks in London, we had a heavy reminder that the world has become an increasingly uncertain place. Here we share some techniques for discussing current events with your students.