As a teacher with 16 years experience I am only too aware of the stresses and strains placed on the education sector from a variety of sources. Massive and continual change, ever higher expectations and a data driven approach can all take their toll on those working to support the many children and young people who flow ever onwards through the system. It’s not just the staff who suffer either! As growing numbers of children and young people are being diagnosed with far ranging mental health issues, I have found my own experiences backing up both the hard evidence and the conjecture.
Having spent time variously as a phase leader, deputy head teacher and lead teacher advisor for a local authority, I am uniquely placed to have seen the impact of stress on a school from both sides. The strain it places on individuals and teams, and the implications for already overstretched management teams. I believe strongly that prevention is better than cure, and by giving everybody strategies and support, we can improve wellbeing and the long term prospects of every person who comes into contact with the education system.