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The new academy boss who wants every teacher’s line manager to have training in mental health for adults

Jane Millward wants to put people first when she takes the reins at one of England’s most prominent multi-academy trusts in September. One area where E-Act has developed a reputation is mental health, and in 2017 it talked about plans to train all its staff as mental health first aiders. It was initiative Millward oversaw, and …

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Teachers ‘walking away from the job to salvage their mental health’

Nearly two-thirds of teachers feel their job has adversely impacted their mental health, according to a survey by the NASUWT Scotland union that appeared in the TES. The survey also shows that in the past 12 months, as a result of their job: 75 per cent of teachers had experienced anxiety. 83 per cent had suffered from …

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Wellington College’s approach to student wellbeing

According to their website, Wellington College can truly lay claim to pioneering the teaching of wellbeing in mainstream education, being the first school in the UK to introduce a course in happiness and wellbeing in 2006. There is a growing body of scientific evidence on the causal factors around happiness and wellbeing, which can be …

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Sleep, young people and mental health

A 2014 American Academy of Paediatrics technical reports states that “Chronic sleep loss and associated sleepiness and daytime impairments in adolescence are a serious threat to the academic success, physical and mental health and safety of our nation’s youth and an important public health issue”. Sleep and mental healthTake, for example, depression: while a depressed young …

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Growing numbers of trainee teachers presenting with “severe” mental health problems

Emma Hollis, executive director of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), said cuts to pupil support have created a new generation of troubled teachers. “Teacher training is a very intense year, and they’re going back into schools and they’re presenting with quite severe mental health issues…These are people being asked to look after …

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‘Teacher wellbeing requires a cultural shift’ says CEO of educational wellbeing charity.

Julian Stanley is the CEO at the charity Education Support Partnership. Education Support Partnership is the UK’s only wellbeing and mental health charity for everyone working in education. He writes in the TES: Last year, 3,750 teachers were signed off on long-term sick leave due to stress; as the Health and Safety Executive moved teaching …

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