‘Well-being’: a word that has been flying round the news recently in regards to both staff and students. Recent news has suggested that 1 in 3 teachers will leave the profession in just 5 years and with pupil figures on the rise annually, this is arguably something we as a nation need to improve.
Earlier this year the National Education Union published that 80% of classroom teachers have seriously considered leaving teaching due to workload. Can this be eased by better well-being for staff and students?
So, just what is well-being?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines well-being as: “The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy”
Well-being in any profession is paramount to the effectiveness of an organisation. It’s something that, in today’s fast paced world, we need to focus on- for everyone. The teaching profession is sometimes under close scrutiny and popular opinion can mean that teaching is viewed as an ‘easier’ job for having great hours and vast amounts of holiday over the year. However, coming from a family of teachers, I have witnessed the reality and the ‘behind the scenes’: including the countless hours of marking and planning that goes on every day. Surely this is by no means having a positive effect on the well-being on staff? Ultimately, we could argue, this pressure is passed onto the students.
Well-being can often be overlooked, which can affect whole school culture. How can students be happy, comfortable and healthy when those teaching are overloaded, tired and mistreated? Here at Pivotal, using the Pivotal approach, we strive to create an inclusive environment with the well-being of everyone at the forefront of all strategy and policy. Pivotal is in the everyday running of the school, and we can help reduce the time spent on behavioural issues. Having a consistent approach within a school is key to establishing culture within any setting.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this blog post, or know someone who has, here are a couple of organisations who can help:
Education Support Partnership Free and Confidential Helpline 08000 562 561
Samaritans 116 123