Staff wellbeing

When you ring a helpline...

9 May 2018

More teachers are reaching out for help when they feel under pressure. Julian Stanley looks at what happens when you make that call and access any kind of counselling or support


How do you support your LGBT+ staff?

7 March 2018

How many of your school’s staff are LGBT? Half of LGBT+ people are not out in their workplaces. Adele Bates looks at why this is and the barriers LGBT+ people often face in schools


Staff wellbeing: More than just a policy

7 March 2018

A school-wide policy on protecting staff wellbeing and mental health is essential, but it must not stop there – definitive action is required, says Julian Stanley


A trans inclusive school

7 March 2018

How can schools ensure that they are meeting their legal and moral obligations to be a trans inclusive school? Stonewall’s Emma Starkey offers her advice and signposts useful resources


Winning on workload

24 January 2018

The themes of workload, stress and pressure continue in education. Julian Stanley urges us to make 2018 the year of effective change to working practices



Teacher wellbeing: Reach out for help

10 January 2018

In January, when the days are cold and dark, the pressure of our roles can feel overwhelming. Julian Stanley urges any teacher who is struggling to pick up the phone...


Protecting your teacher's voice

6 December 2017

A teacher’s most precious resource is their voice, as the saying goes – but many of us do not look after ours as we should, storing up problems for the future. Steve Burnage offers some essential voice care advice



Housing: A helping hand

8 November 2017

The impact of stagnating salaries and rising housing costs is becoming clear for many in the teaching profession. Julian Stanley looks at what help is out there


Staff wellbeing: Creating a better balance...

20 September 2017

The Education Support Partnership’s latest health survey shows continuing problems with excessive workloads. Julian Stanley calls for government action and offers teachers some practical advice



The impact of the housing crisis

7 June 2017

Many teachers are put under huge strain because of the high cost and low availability of decent accommodation. Julian Stanley explains


A workload audit: Thirty key questions for your school

24 May 2017

We all know that teachers work well beyond their designated hours, but just how can schools help to adjust the work/life balance for their staff? Drawing on the government’s Workload Survey and expert working groups, Suzanne O’Connell poses 30 self-evaluation questions for senior leaders


The secrets of a happy staffroom

24 May 2017

A vibrant staffroom can make a huge difference to a school. Head George McMillan gives Liam Donnison his perspectives on leading a happy and motivated school team


What exactly is asbestos?

26 April 2017

With around 85 per cent of UK schools containing asbestos, SecEd has long written about the implications of managing this potentially deadly material. Brook Spencer considers what asbestos is and why it is a danger


Protecting your teaching voice

25 January 2017

Teaching is a profession that relies heavily on your voice – but do you look after it? John Dabell looks at the risks and explains some simple voice care techniques



Advice and guidance for NQTs – free download

6 December 2016

SecEd has published its latest NQT Special Edition, which is now available to download as a free eight-page pdf featuring a wealth of best practice advice and guidance, practical tips, and wellbeing support for new teachers across the UK.


NQT Special Edition: You are not alone!

23 November 2016

Most NQTs will have doubts and stresses as they face the challenge of their first year in teaching. Julian Stanley offers some reassurance and some tips to help you survive


NQT Special Edition: Handling the stress

23 November 2016

It is no secret that teaching is a stressful profession and learning to handle the pressure will be key to a successful and long career at the chalkface. Dr Stephanie Thornton offers some advice



Mental health: Staff wellbeing

5 October 2016

SecEd's resident mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith turns her attention from pupils to staff and offers some simple steps to promoting staff wellbeing


Mental health: You’re not alone

5 October 2016

Julian Stanley looks at the challenges we face in tackling the mental health crisis in teaching, as well as action we can take in the short-term


Hygge: Protecting your staff’s wellbeing

21 September 2016

We are all rightly concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils – but what about the staff? John Dabell discusses why staff wellbeing should be top of your agenda and offers some quick ideas

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