This course will look at the issues around staff health and wellbeing in schools, including the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. We will look at the common issues that teachers and school staff experience, including stress, burnout and difficulties with their mental health. Lots of useful tools and strategies will be provided to support leaders and staff, and delegates will have the chance to look at some real examples of staffing issues, and in groups work out how they could support that member of staff. We will also look at how to complete workplace wellbeing action plans.

Topics covered will include;

  • The challenges of working in education, and how this can impact a person’s mental health/ wellbeing
  • The recruitment and retention crisis
  • The prevalence of mental health issues amongst teachers, and the impact of this on schools
  • Stigma
  • Suicide cases
  • Depression, anxiety, stress, burnout & workload
  • Mindfulness
  • Audits of school provision and suggested improvements
  • Ideas for improving staff wellbeing in school How to support staff as a leader
  • Toolkits and resources to help improve staff wellbeing in school


  • Demonstrates the school’s commitment to supporting the wellbeing of staff
  • To improve the wellbeing of staff in school which in turn will have a positive impact on pupil progress
  • To provide leaders with adequate training and understanding to enable them to effectively perform their duties at school and support staff with their wellbeing
  • To improve the confidence of leaders so problems can be identified earlier and ensure staff are retained
  • Supports the principles of the Personal Development strand on the new Ofsted framework
  • To help reduce the number of staff leaving school due to stress, burnout or due to problems with their mental health.
  • Teaching staff
  • Support staff
  • SLT
  • Middle leaders
  • Teaching Assistants
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


Session 1
An introduction to staff wellbeing in schools

  • Guidelines for safe discussion- ground rules set to ensure all delegates are comfortable
  • A discussion around what mental health and general wellbeing are
  • NASUWT (2018) findings on staff health and wellbeing

Session 2
The recruitment and retention crisis

  • Why record numbers of teachers are leaving schools, or leaving the profession altogether
  • The challenges of working in education

Session 3
Staff mental health

  • The prevalence of mental health issues in the work place, and amongst teachers
  • Stigma around discussing mental health at work

Session 4
Common factors affecting staff health and wellbeing

  • Anxiety, depression, suicide- causes, signs and tools to support
  • The pressure of Ofsted and the impact this can have
  • Stress- the common causes of stress in schools and how leaders/ schools can help to reduce stress for staff
  • Workload- the impact of excessive workload and suggestions to reduce this
  • Burnout- why staff end up burnout and what leaders can do to minimize this risk

Session 5
Your role as a leader

  • What the schools obligations are, as well as your responsibility as a leader
  • Tools to use to identify if staff are struggling
  • How to start a conversation to ask staff if they are OK or need support.
  • Workplace wellbeing action plans
  • The Talking Toolkit
  • Other suggestions to improve staff wellbeing and further sources of support

Sarah Powell

Sarah has been teaching for over 10 years, and is the Director of Health & Wellbeing and member of the Senior Leadership Team at Flixton Girls School. She graduated from The University of Salford with an Undergraduate degree in Sports Rehabilitation and then completed a PGCE and Masters degree in teaching and Learning at Manchester Metropolitan University. She then went on to become a Certified NLP Practitioner and Coach and achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is also a Mental Health First Aid Champion.

Sarah has led health and wellbeing at FGS for the past 3 years and in March 2019 they achieved a National Wellbeing Award and were selected to be a case study school to showcase and share good practice.