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How often do you think about the wellbeing of your supply teachers?

As school leaders, we must support the wellbeing of our teaching and support staff, but how often do you think about the wellbeing of any supply staff you may hire? Emily Kenneally discusses…
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Mental health and wellbeing should be a priority for the entire school community, extending beyond pupils and regular teaching staff to encompass everyone involved in the educational process. 

However, we know in practice that the valuable contribution of supply staff can be overlooked when time is at a premium and there are multiple priorities to juggle.

This may leave supply staff feeling under-appreciated or under-valued, affecting their mental health, levels of motivation, or even having an impact on their ability to effectively support pupils.

In this article I would like to offer schools some suggestions on ways to support supply staff, looking at what we should do to help them stay mentally well in our school setting.

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