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Why teacher wellbeing is at risk – and what you can do about it

The profession is losing valuable working days – not to mention morale – because of mental ill health, at a time when it can least afford to do so. Caroline Henshaw speaks to schools that are facing up to the wellbeing issues having a chilling effect on staff

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The first time that headteacher Daniella Lang sat down to talk about her colleagues’ mental health, she had to face some hard truths. When she took the helm in 2015, Brimsdown Primary School in North London had been rated “requires improvement” twice and was in the lowest 10 per cent in the country for Year 6 reading progress. There were issues with training, CPD and work schemes, which were swiftly compounded by the redundancies Lang was forced to make because of budget cuts.

So, she decided it was time to listen to her colleagues’ concerns. The feedback was hard to hear. Staff were anxious ...

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