Best Practice

Protecting your teacher's voice

Staff wellbeing
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

International classical musicians and pop stars think nothing of insuring their hands or voices for millions of pounds since, should they become damaged, their career has all but ended. Just look at reports that Mariah Carey insured her voice for $70 million!

Those of us working in education may well use our voices for pretty much every part of every day in our professional lives, but insurance is obviously something that teachers just would not consider!

It is not until you lose your voice that you realise just what a precious commodity it is.

For most of us, sounding hoarse is no more than an inconvenience but, for teachers, the voice is the crucial tool of their trade – damaged vocal cords can mean the end of a career.

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