Best Practice

Staff mental health: Are you having your five-a-day?

In a three-part series, Phil Denton considers the merits of initiatives to improve mental health. In part three, he meets school leader and self-confessed ‘Wellbeing Super Model’ Patrick Ottley-O’Connor and considers the NHS five steps to mental wellbeing resource

In our vocation, we are constantly looking to support, protect and cherish the young people in our school. However, the demands of the role can take an emotional and physical toll on us as professionals, which can ultimately lead to mental health issues among teachers and a retention crisis which is damaging to the profession.

The Department for Education has reported that a fifth of teachers leave teaching within two years of qualification (DfE, 2021). And the pandemic has exacerbated the stress facing our colleagues. Education Support’s latest Teacher Wellbeing Index found that 84 per cent of teachers and 89 per cent of school leaders described themselves as feeling “stressed” or “very stressed” (SecEd, 2020).

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here