Hinds unveils latest plan to create ‘happy teachers’

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Advisory group on wellbeing to help improve teachers’ mental health is DfE’s latest measure to tackle recruitment and retention crisis , says the TES.

The education secretary will tell the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham that teachers always put the good of their pupils first, but should not take their own wellbeing for granted.

Happy, motivated, well supported teachers are more likely to have happy and motivated pupils in their classrooms.

Former headteacher James Pope whose resignation was featured in the BBC documentary School following a “brutal” Ofsted inspection, has also spoken out about the pressures on teachers.

General secretary of ASCL, Geoff Barton, welcomed the setting up of the advisory group, saying: “We have perhaps been too ready in the past to regard the pressures which are part of teaching as something which goes with the territory.”

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: “The first, and arguably most important step, will be to start a conversation about mental health that empowers teachers, and make sure they have access to the right training and guidance to support themselves, their colleagues and their students.”

Mr Hinds’ other measures to boost teacher recruitment and retention have included a reduction in workload and plans to make part-time working easier.

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