Research indicates more support is required for teachers mental health – Friday 30 November 2018

This week I highlight new research on the growing need for schools to support staff wellbeing and a DfE consultation on new school security guidance.

Call for schools to do more for teachers mental health
Three-quarters of teachers say their mental health is not being monitored at work, according to new research that highlights the growing need for schools to support staff wellbeing. The study by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families offers examples of techniques and practices to help schools prioritise the mental wellbeing of their staff and pupils.

The research, released on Wednesday, underlines how British schools are facing a growing tide of mental health problems among both staff and students. Fifty five percent of those surveyed by the Anna Freud centre said staff at their school were not encouraged to speak openly about their mental wellbeing.

Proposed new school security guidance
The DfE is seeking views on proposals for new school security guidance. It’s intended the non statutory guidance will help schools to put in place proportionate and sensible security policies and plans that reflect their individual circumstances. The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 18 February 2019.