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Covid-19: Maintaining your focus on staff wellbeing

Staff wellbeing will have been a high priority as schools reopened fully in September, but we cannot let our focus slip, especially as a second wave looms and changed working practices look like they are here to stay. Amy Sayer offers some tips and reflections

There have been many significant changes to working practices since September and while much talk has been of the impact on student wellbeing, we must also ensure that staff wellbeing is a priority. In this article, I want to share some general wellbeing advice for teachers coping with the challenges we face this term.

First and foremost, we must continue to make the time to talk. We are all working under immense pressure and workload could well be higher than it has been in a long time.

“This can all lead to staff having less time for self-care and protecting their mental health. Bad habits can form very quickly and can lead to staff absence and ‘burn-out’.” I wrote this in SecEd back in early March (Sayer, 2020), before Covid had changed all our lives – but the advice remains relevant.

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