More and more research continues to show that teachers are struggling. We are tired of the meetings, tired of the paperwork and tired of the accountability measures that take time away from planning engaging lessons. Whether this be beginning teachers, experienced teachers or school executive, we are in crisis.
The research is clear, teacher wellbeing is in crisis – see the statistics for yourself
- Aust Education Union Teacher Workload Survey results 2016
- Principal Health and Wellbeing report 2016
- UK Teacher Health survey 2015
- A literature review of teacher stress and wellbeing 2015
So, now what?
Crisis is an opportunity for change, an opportunity to do it differently, an opportunity to stop doing what we have always done and practice new habits and routines. This means the once-a-year school BBQ is out, and weekly mindfulness in staff meetings is in. It means the one-hour staff training in wellbeing is out and coaching and mentoring is in. It means supporting staff on an individual level, faculty level and whole school level. It means using evidence to inform decisions and being just as strategic with teacher wellbeing as we are with students wellbeing. It means developing scope and sequences, reflecting on what is working and giving people both the time and skills to make lasting, positive change.
Its time to turn crisis into an opportunity.
Director of Teacher Wellbeing