Expert panel discuss staff wellbeing

Despite being in possibly the most remote space at the in Wellington College, it was officially standing-room only at our panel discussion ‘Staff wellbeing and its impact on the recruitment and retention crisis’ at the Festival of Education on 21 June. 

Attendees packed in to hear what our fantastic panel had to say. The panel consisted of:

  • Victoria Hewett - also known as Mrs Humanities, a twice-nominated UK blog award finalist, teacher and soon to be author. She has been teaching in Kent for six years and is currently subject leader for Geography.
  • Vic Goddard - probably the most famous headteacher in the UK today, at his beloved Passmores Academy. Vic came to the public’s attention in TV’s Educating Essex with his straight-talking, informal, light-hearted approach.
  • Lord Lucas - an active backbencher in education politics who has been editor of The Good Schools Guide since 2000.
  • Adrian Bethune - a primary school teacher who has been teaching happiness and wellbeing to primary school children and teachers since 2010. Adrian is the author of, Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness, due for release by Bloomsbury Education in September 2018.

The questions asked included:

  • Why do you believe the wellbeing of teachers and education staff is important and how has this changed since you joined the profession?
  • What do you believe the impact of poor staff wellbeing is on recruitment & retention and pupil outcomes.
  • What measures have been successful at improving staff wellbeing?

With over a third of education staff expected to leave the profession by 2020, this discussion is needed more than ever.

The panel gave some fascinating insights and then the session was opened up to the audience for questions.

For those who were unable to attend the discussion we have captured some of the highlights below: