Stressed? Overwhelmed? Anxious? If we are to put in place a schools recovery plan to help teaching staff and leaders, we need to know what challenges we are addressing and how to address them. Gareth Conyard reflects on wellbeing and CPD


The terms “stress” and “anxiety” are often used interchangeably but in fact relate to different emotional conditions. I was reminded of this when reading a recent article by Ed Dorrell (2022) focused on the impact of the pandemic on schools, in particular on the leaders and teachers who have been managing huge additional demands for the last two years.

In the article, Dorrell suggests the idea of a “schools recovery plan” to help teachers and leaders recover, matching the intent behind the Department for Education’s education recovery plan (DfE, 2021) to support pupils.

Such a plan, I believe, would do well to be clear about the issues it seeks to address and the different responses that might therefore be appropriate.

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