Pupils’ ‘toxic stress’ damages your health
When a teacher’s support for a challenging, traumatised student becomes traumatic in itself, it’s time to take safeguarding steps to protect their health and career, writes Darren Martindale
As teachers, we care deeply about the progress and wellbeing of children. We believe in the transformative power of education. As a result, we invest vast amounts of time and energy in our more challenging pupils. So when one of those challenging students turns around and deals you a swift, (hopefully) metaphorical punch to the kidneys, it can be really hurtful.
But the experienced among us shake it off; we don’t take it personally and we don’t blame the child because we understand that all behaviour is communication. They are trying to express their feelings about something they’re struggling ...