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Staff wellbeing: Which talking therapy is best for you?

As a school leader, do you talk about the pressures you face? Talking helps wellbeing and prevents burn-out. Emily Kenneally considers how you can make time to talk and outlines different types of talking therapy and their uses


If you are a school leader reading this, you have probably spoken to quite a few people already today – a colleague with a question about the latest Covid changes, a pupil with challenges at home, a heated parent with a concern, or a quick call with your chair of governors. And all before midday.

Conversations keep things running. They can establish connections, but they can also be fraught. They can be energising and inspiring, but also draining.



Hitting pause


But ask yourself this: Do you ever pause to ask yourself how you’re feeling? We know from our Teacher Wellbeing Index (Education Support, 2021) that school leaders are most at risk of acute stress, insomnia and exhaustion. We also know that you are the most likely to have your own coping strategies in place, and these are more likely to exist outside of your school.

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