Looking After Teacher Wellbeing

Many teachers feel overworked, under-appreciated, and stressed. This event examines how to improve teacher wellbeing and how that is linked to addressing the challenges to recruitment and retention in Scottish education. 

The Importance of Teacher Wellbeing 

With such a sharp focus on improving attainment and closing the poverty-related gap, the importance of teacher wellbeing may be overlooked. A 2018 study found that a half of teachers reported mental ill health due to work pressures. Not only does this impact the retention of teaching staff, but an unhappy workforce is an unattractive one. This is one factor that has led to staff shortages in traditionally difficult-to-fill subject areas such as science, maths, and computing, but also in languages, physical education, and home economics. 

Children and young people are also impacted by teacher wellbeing. A teacher with high job satisfaction, positive morale, and who is healthy is more likely to give lessons that are creative, challenging, and effective – leading to improved student outcomes. Positive teacher wellbeing, then, is directly linked to improving attainment. 

Join us to hear from experts and policymakers as we examine the factors that impact teacher wellbeing, explore the measures that are being taken to support teachers, and ask what more should be done by the Scottish Government, local authorities, and schools. 

Key issues we will address with you

  • The context of challenges in teacher recruitment and retention
  • Revised teaching standards, mentoring guidance, and professional review and development guidance  
  • Demands on teachers: how can we reduce teachers' workloads without compromising on the quality of education?
  • Tackling disillusion and creating a vibrant working environment 
  • Examples of good practice in supporting teachers – from colleagues, line-managers, and schools 
  • The role of change and how it can be managed to promote strong teacher wellbeing 

Who should attend? 

  • Head teachers and deputy heads
  • All other teachers
  • Local Authority education professionals
  • Elected representatives with an interest in education
  • Academics interested in education
  • Trade unions 

Agenda*

9.45 Registration and Refreshments 

10.25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

10.30 Session 1: Teacher Wellbeing in Context 

  • An update on the policies that impact teacher wellbeing: CfE, the Attainment Challenge, and the National Improvement Framework 
  • Revised teaching standards, mentoring guidance, and professional review and development guidance  
  • The Scottish Parliament, local government, and the classroom: the relationships that set the tone for teaching in Scotland 

10.30 Expert speaker 

11.00 Monica Porciani, Academic Selector for the BA in Primary Education, University of Strathclyde 

11.30 Q&A

11.40 Refreshments and Networking 

12.00 Session 2: Demands & Control: Approaches to Workload and Environment

  • How can we reduce teachers' workloads without compromising on the quality of education?
  • Tackling disillusion and creating a vibrant working environment 

12.00 Expert speaker 

12.30 Liz Lakin, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Dundee 

13.00 Q&A

13.10 Lunch and Networking 

14.00 Session 3: Support & Relationships: Good Practice from Across Scotland

  • Examples of good practice in supporting teachers – from colleagues, line-managers, and schools 
  • The role of change and how it can be managed to promote strong teacher wellbeing 

14.00 Barrie Sheppard, National Parent Forum of Scotland

14.30 Place2Be Teacher Education Pilot Programme 

Frances Griffin, Lead Clinician, Place2Be
Kathleen Forbes, Lead Clinician, Place2Be

15.00 Q&A  

15.10 Closing Remarks from the Chair 

15.15 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change 


Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

 

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Venue

Central Edinburgh, to be confirmed in due course.

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
3 October 2019
Location
Central Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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