Does Your School Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing For Staff?

As highlighted in an article by Employee Benefits, North Halifax Grammar School in West Yorkshire rolled out mental health and wellbeing initiatives for staff. This was supported and kicked off by commissioning us to carry out training that support school staff to learn and develop skills that help improve mental wellbeing. The school was closed and the training delivered as an extra inset day, which in itself is ground breaking and really models a whole school ethos of staff wellbeing.

Our CEO, Liz Robson-Kelly delivered the staff wellbeing training workshop to the whole staff team 120 teachers, support staff and school leaders. The training covered strategies that support the development of resilience, help with stress management and positive psychology tools to improve wellbeing. The aim being to better equip them to improve their own wellbeing which will positively impact on them and indirectly support the young people they work with deal with their own emotional health and mental wellbeing. This is a strategy recommended by the ‘What Works’ wellbeing guidance for schools.

Outcomes for Staff Wellbeing

The staff at the schools benefited from learning tools and techniques to increase their wellbeing, which they intend to implement to create a whole school wellbeing strategy these include:

  • Praise and recognition
  • Recognising accomplishment
  • Focus on what is going well
  • Building growth mind sets
  • Working on internal resilience by using thinking skills.

There were also a number of learning outcomes for the staff and school as a whole:

  • It's important to take care of individual wellbeing in the education sector, as it is faced with constant pressure
  • Staff wellbeing is essential for any whole school approach to wellbeing
  • Student wellbeing and staff wellbeing are two sides of the same coin, so supporting staff to change and use of new strategies is necessary to help support students, buy first learning these themselves
  • Being a team and collaborating is important for sense of support and belonging
  • Celebrating achievements as a team builds morale
  • Face to face communication is important to prevent feelings of isolation

Personal Staff Wellbeing Strategies

The feedback from this training has been really positive and here are just some of the ways in which the school staff will be using our approach and techniques to support their own wellbeing:

“Changing how you think about situations rather than trying to change the situation”
“Increasing positivity so I can be happy”
“What Went Well will be done every night, great to focus on positives.”
“To take the time to breathe and look at situations from different perspectives”

If you are inspired to follow North Halifax Grammar School’s lead and have the desire to improve the wellbeing of the whole school, please do get in touch to find out more about our staff wellbeing programme.

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