The SecEd Podcast: Back to School – Staff Wellbeing

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode of The SecEd Podcast is the second in a four-part Back to School series offering advice to schools as the autumn term begins. This time, we focus on wellbeing support for teachers and support staff returning to school this month after the Covid-19 lockdown...

In this episode, we consider how schools can support the good mental health and wellbeing of their teachers who are returning after the Covid-19 lockdown. We also offer tips to school staff themselves on keeping mentally healthy.

Topics include bereavement, talking about mental health, spotting the signs, NQTs, anxiety, tips to help, whole-school advice & more. The podcast features:

  • Sinéad McBrearty, the CEO of Education Support, a UK charity dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the education workforce.
  • Sean Harris, a former school leader who now works with schools across the North as part of his role as North East Director for Ambition Institute. Sean regularly writes for SecEd and is a published author in the fields of education and youth work. He is also a school governor.
  • Nansi Ellis is the assistant general secretary, in charge of education policy and research, at the National Education Union.

This podcast – which was produced with the kind support of the National Education Union – complements SecEd’s recent series of 12-page Back to School Guides, which can be downloaded for free at

Also published in this series is our recent Back to School podcasts on Student Wellbeing (available at, Teaching & Learning (available at, and Remote Education & Edtech (available at

You can listen to The SecEd Podcast below. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast application of choice. Or visit

For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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