There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as different schools will have different needs and resources. However, there are some general principles that can guide efforts to improve staff wellbeing in schools.
Creating a positive school environment is one important step.
This means ensuring that the physical environment is safe and welcoming, and that social interactions among staff are supportive and respectful.
Schools can promote mental wellbeing by teaching and training staff about mental health and helping them develop skills that are personal to them, to manage stress and deal with difficult emotions such as depression, anxiety and their own mental health feelings in general.
Schools should make sure that they have systems in place to identify teachers and support workers, who may be struggling with mental health problems and connect them with resources and support.
This is where the mySchoolWellbeing platform comes in…
The mySchoolWellbeing platform is a cloud-based, web-based software that seeks input from your members of staff on a regular basis, and provides an easy-to-understand wellbeing analysis straight to your inbox.
The report provides a monthly wellbeing score and additional information in four categories (Engagement, Culture, Development and Leadership) allowing you to create an effective wellness strategy moving forward.
Visit our website or download our free sample wellbeing report example from our mySchoolWellbeing platform to get an idea of the types of questions that are asked and how scores are calculated and summarised for easy access, viewing and tracking.
Employers and Head Teachers who utilise the mySchoolWellbeing platform in their educational environment, can assist employees by:
As a result of this, you will see:
The type of support and advice available to staff within a school environment can vary considerably. It may be financial, emotional, or practical.
Practical support might include help with childcare, transport, or accommodation.
Emotional support could come from colleagues, friends, or family.
Financial support might take the form of salary advances or loans, or help with living costs such as utility bills.
The mySchoolWellbeing platform can provide you with the data you need to understand which areas of support your employees may need.
It’s important to remember that not all employees will need or want the same type of support, so it’s important to tailor your approach to meet the needs of individuals.
mySchoolWellbeing can help you do this by providing you with data that you can use to identify trends and target your support where it’s needed most.
Allowing teachers and teaching staff enough time to understand their own mental health in the present moment, has many benefits for the children and pupils they are taking responsibility for.
“When teachers are more attuned to their own stressors and how they show up in the classroom, they can be more patient with students, create a calmer environment and be more present.”
It is also beneficial for pupils to understand that their teachers are human too, and sometimes need looking after as well. This creates a sense of empathy and understanding between the two groups that can only be positive for educational outcomes.
In order to make sure that all members of the school community are supported, it is important to have a comprehensive wellbeing strategy in place.
The mySchoolWellbeing platform can help you develop a bespoke wellbeing strategy for your school, based on the data you collect from employees
Trusts can use the portal to access ALL their mySchoolWellbeing reports.
Our ratings have been measured against the Ofsted criteria and are perfect for demonstrating how you handle wellbeing issues in a timely and effective manner, while also engaging with all staff.
There is no one answer to the question of how schools can improve mental wellbeing.
However, by creating a positive school environment with the mySchoolWellbeing platform and teaching staff about mental health and providing support for those who need it, schools can make a difference in the lives of their employees.
If you are a school employee who can often feel overwhelmed or feel that your school leaders do not promote wellbeing, focus on or offer staff wellbeing guidance or doesn’t understand the impact your mental health problem is having on your job, talk to us here at mySchoolWellbeing.
Published: 24th June 2022Back to blog