EdSupport out and about

Wow June was a busy month for us! We attended events up and down the country from Bristol to Birmingham, Leeds to Liverpool, talking to education staff about how we can support them and speaking on topics ranging from wellbeing to leadership.

Festival of Education - Wellington College, Berkshire

There was a jammed packed programme of events and speakers at this 2 day event at Wellington College. 

Our stand was attracting many teachers and students to find out how we support staff. Our stress apples were very popular and we also asked for wellbeing ideas for our Wall of Wellbeing. A lot of great suggestions were added by staff including having staff wine and cheese nights to 'being talked to like a professional'!

Great leadership and wellbeing programmes were definitely highlighted as making the work environment a supportive one that would encourage staff retention.

Wall of Wellbeing at the Festival of Education

Unfortunately day 1 was a rain sodden affair but despite the biblical weather there were a lot of positive vibes about the education sector with many saying they wanted to stop the negative attitudes to teachers and celebrate the profession. 

Our very lovely Sue Hugo held two sessions on staff wellbeing. She outlined how the wellbeing of education staff is often overlooked and regularly comes second place to the debate around pupil and student wellbeing. Her workshop looked at strategies that can help build resilience and wellbeing in order that staff can ultimately ‘Be well in order to teach Well’. 

Sue Hugo at the Festival of Education

Inspiring Leadership Conference - Birmingham

The Inspiring Leadership Conference was attended by headteachers and aspiring heads from throughout the UK. They heard from a range of motivating speakers from the world of education, business and beyond. Our stand was busy with school leaders finding out about our support and services for education staff. 

Inspiring Leadership Conference

UCU Conference - Liverpool 

The University and College Union held their annual congress in Liverpool. We talked to lecturers about the wellbeing support we offer with many feeling stressed about their pay and conditions and ongoing industrial action.

Stress apple juggling was a popular activity at our stand! 

UCU Conference juggling

Health and Wellbeing Governor and Head teacher Conference - Leeds

This conference for school leaders and governors focused on 'Facing the Challenge and Keeping Well'. Our very own Chief Executive Julian Stanley spoke about the recruitment and retention crisis highlighting the results of our Health Survey and #NotQuittingTeaching campaign. 

In the beautiful surroundings of the Leeds Civic Hall about 100 headteachers and governors from across Leeds attended the event. Julian's speech was very positively received with many delegates coming and telling us that it really resonated with them and that staff mental health and well-being was a key priority in schools.

Leeds schools are very proactive in supporting staff well-being and we currently have over 100 headteachers on our Headspace programmes and more than 80 senior leaders on Yourspace. With a programme for Business Managers starting in the autumn term.

Joining the Dots - Bristol

This South West Teaching Schools Conference called Joining the Dots offered heads, governors, senior leaders, middle leaders and aspiring leaders the opportunity to hear from high profile speakers, attend workshops and network  Our own Fran Brown had great discussions with headteachers and deputy headteachers about the engagement and wellbeing of their staff, and how we could be of assistance to them through our programmes and services.  

Fran SEN South West

We look forward to meeting more education staff and leaders in the autumn! 

How we can help

  • Help for individuals  
    Sometimes work (or just life) can be tough. A challenging student, an Ofsted inspection, personal financial worries; there are many stresses on those who work in education. That’s why we offer free, confidential help and support, no matter what your problem.
  • Help for organisations 
    Working in education is demanding so we’ve designed a set of services to help you check how your teams are coping, troubleshoot problems and boost everyone’s wellbeing.