A recent Guardian report (Jan 11th 2018) talks about a warning from teaching unions of an “epidemic of stress” as research revealed that 3,750 teachers (one in 83 teachers) were signed off on long term sick leave last year because of pressure of work, anxiety and mental illness.
Altogether 1.3 million days have been taken off by teachers for stress and mental health reasons in the last four years, including around 312,000 in 2016-17.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, warned of an “epidemic of stress”…
It’s not just teachers who are being affected…
So what needs to be done in education for staff…especially since we are also at the forefront of an unprecedented Govt injection of £300m into reversing child stress and anxiety?
We need an inclusive plan that:
Let’s face it, we are not going to eliminate the epidemic of stress in the 21st century anytime soon, but we can certainly recognise its impact on teachers and begin to take account for it.
Renowned growth mindset and behaviour management expert, Ross is a published author with over 30 years of experience in education.
He has trained at every level of education, in over half a thousand institutions and has reached over 300,000 students, parents and professionals to date in an extensive career driven by his fiery mantra that it’s never too late for anyone to improve and become the ‘best version’ of themselves.
Ross works with groups on specific interventions based around self-esteem, resilience, growth mindsets, emotion confidence, staff motivation, behabviour management, pupil and staff well-being/mentalhealth, communication and presentation skills, team-building and performance techniques.
He can also deliver training to large groups, with a combination of keynote speaking and active learning. Ross has published eight books on mindsets, writes regularly for various educational and performance journals and magazines. He recently spoke at the NAHT conference on Staff Wellbeing and has been described by Professor Barry Hymer as having a ‘classic growth mindset’ – Ross is taking a doctorate at the age of 56!