Back to School Guide: Staff wellbeing and support

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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In this 12-page guide, we consider how lockdown has affected the wellbeing and mental health of school staff and offer practical advice and ideas for promoting wellbeing and supporting colleagues, both now and this autumn

Our free Back to School guides offer advice ahead of September and the wider opening of schools.

In this 12-page guide, we consider how we can best support school staff as the coronavirus lockdown eases and as we prepare to re-open schools fully this September. We consider a range of issues relating to wellbeing and mental health, as well as topics such as CPD, workload and health & safety.

Articles include:

  • Building wellbeing into your plans for September
  • Coping with the unknown (including bereavement support)
  • Talking with colleagues about mental health (dos and don'ts)
  • Supporting September's NQTs who have missed out on a crucial part of their training year
  • Post-lockdown CPD: What should it look like and how can it support staff?
  • Secondary case study: The four Cs of staff wellbeing
  • Primary case study: How are your staff feeling?
  • Leadership, wellbeing, culture & communication: Advice from across the North East
  • What does the official DfE guidance for September say about staff wellbeing?

This guide has been published with kind support from the National Education Union. You can read the NEU's latest advice on Covid-19 and the wider re-opening of schools via

There are four guides in this Back to School series published by SecEd and our sister magazine Headteacher Update.

For each guide, there is a related episode of The SecEd Podcast featuring further best practice discussion, advice and guidance. These podcasts are publishing in September and October 2020. Find them at


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