Looking After Teacher Wellbeing

A year on from a report that found a half of teachers reported mental ill health due to work pressures, this event examines how to best look after teacher wellbeing and how that is linked to addressing the recruitment and retention challenges 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 can be done by the Scottish Government, local authorities, and schools. 

Key issues we will address with you

  • Barnardo's report: Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff through professional supervision structures
  • 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 context of challenges in teacher recruitment and retention
  • The role of change and how it can be managed to promote strong teacher wellbeing 

Confirmed speakers

  • Maureen McAteer, Assistant Director for Attainment, Barnardo's Scotland 
  • Monica HolmesNurture Facilitator, Lanarkshire Attachment & Nurture Service, Barnardo's Scotland 
  • Speaker tbc, NASUWT The Teachers' Union 
  • Barrie SheppardNational Parent Forum of Scotland
  • Frances Griffin, Lead Clinician, Place2Be
  • Kathleen Forbes, Lead Clinician, Place2Be
  • Mairead Rowan, Wokplace Officer, SeeMe
  • Chris Grant, Education and Young People Programme Officer, SeeMe
  • Amy McDonald, Founder & CEO, Headtorch
  • Catherine Eadie, Director, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC
  • Chair: Paul Gray, former Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland

Who should attend? 

This event will be of interest to everyone involved in education and those involved in support mental health and wellbeing, including: teachers, staff from local authority education directorates, elected members interested in education, staff from mental health organisations, and anyone else interested in promoting the wellbeing of teachers. 

Agenda*

9:45 Registration and Refreshments 

10:25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

Paul Gray, former Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland

10:30 Session 1: Who is Looking After the Mental Health of Our Teachers? 

10:30 Speaker tbc, NASUWT The Teachers' Union

10:45 Barnardo's Report 

Maureen McAteer, Assistant Director for Attainment, Barnardo's Scotland 
Monica Holmes, Nurture Facilitator, Lanarkshire Attachment & Nurture Service, Barnardo's Scotland

11:15 Questions and discussion

11:25 Refreshments and Networking 

11:45 Session 2: Demands & Control – Approaches to Workload and Environment

  • Successful support and interventions that can be provided within schools and by the local authority 
  • Tackling the stigma around poor mental health in the teaching profession 
  • Creating a working environment that supports positive mental health

11:45 Mairead Rowan, Wokplace Officer, SeeMe and Chris Grant, Education and Young People Programme Officer, SeeMe

12:05 Amy McDonald, Founder & CEO, Headtorch

12:25 Catherine Eadie, Director, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC

12:45 Questions and discussion

12:55 Interactive Discussion in Small Groups

Delegates will have the opportunity to take stock of the day so far and in small groups discuss what they can take from the presentations for their own work and organisation. 

13:30 Lunch and Networking 

14:15 Session 3: Support & Relationships: Good Practice from Across Scotland

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

14:15 Barrie Sheppard, National Parent Forum of Scotland

14:40 Supporting the next generation of Scottish teachers – resilience that will last a career

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

15:05 Questions and discussion

15:10 Closing Remarks from the Chair 

Paul Gray, former Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland

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)

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Dates
3 October 2019
Location
Central Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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