Better mental health starts with a simple conversation

It takes strength to support pupils, so teachers must start by promoting their own wellbeing

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Teaching is a fantastic job. You can do amazing things for young people – but if you’re not at 100 per cent, then you can’t give the kids 100 per cent.

I’ve been trying to make staff aware of that, and last year I did something really simple: I organised cake in the staffroom and an opportunity to chat. We can all be guilty of staying in the classroom and not taking breaks. I wanted to make staff stop, sit down, have a cup of tea and talk.

It was a little moment of relaxation. Staff saw the benefits of taking 10 minutes to breathe – you’re more productive if you have time to stop.

I’ve had ...

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