Best Practice

Coaching and wellbeing for teachers and school leaders

Wellbeing has become a key priority for many schools in the UK. In response to this, coaching is increasingly being employed as a CPD strategy to support staff. Helen Webb discusses the ways coaching can be used to improve staff wellbeing

The annual Teacher Wellbeing Index (Education Support, 2018 & 2019) highlights a variety of issues affecting the wellbeing of many teachers and leaders. These include work-related stress, high workload, lack of work/life balance and negative impact on personal relationships. Such issues are linked to under recruitment, poor retention and staff absence.

Furthermore, the NASUWT Big Question Survey 2018 of 7,000 teachers highlighted that 84 per cent reported that their job has impacted negatively on their wellbeing, 78 per cent stated that they have experienced more workplace stress, and 64 per cent stated that the job had adversely affected their mental health in the previous 12 months.

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