New research from the Bupa Foundation has shown that nearly half of teachers found the past half-term the most stressful time they have known, with just 4% saying that they were able to prioritise their wellbeing daily over the past few months. Nine in ten teachers (96%) said that they are worried about the coming half-term.
The research, which surveyed 6,244 teachers nationally, found that external pressures caused by the global pandemic compounded with the challenges of online teaching, workload and accountability are contributing towards a melting pot of pressure for teachers in the UK.
That’s why we’re working with educators to share our wellbeing expertise thorough the Wellbeing for Educators programme – it’s a free, practical, evidence-based programme which helps make a positive difference.
We’ve also launched a brand new podcast series that shares powerful, personal stories of resilience from leaders. At the Foundation we’re lucky to meet amazing people who are resilience superstars. We thought their stories deserved a wider audience - which is how our Resilience Brilliance podcast was born.
In our launch episodes we talk to Ali Oliver, CEO Youth Sport Trust and Joanna Coates CEO UK Athletics about the power of sport to build resilience (and we learnt that you don’t have to be sporty to benefit from being active!). Ben Levinson, Headteacher at Kensington Primary School and Soofia Amin, the school’s Community and English as an Additional Language lead share how they’ve coped during the pandemic.
We learnt so much from all our guests and hope you do too. Sometimes just knowing you’re not alone in feeling anxious, scared or lacking in confidence from time to time can help. Here are some of the top tips our brilliantly resilient guests have shared:
- Give yourself permission to give yourself what you need - Take ten minutes to just pause, have a cup of tea and hit the reset button. Go for that walk or run to clear your head.
- Have the right people around you - Surround yourself with people who can lift you up when you need it most. Being resilient isn’t about being strong all the time, it’s fine to ask for help.
- Actively manage your energy - What’s the song that gets you back on track or makes you feel on top of the world? When things get too much, what can you let go of? Helping someone else can help you feel good.
We hope you enjoy listening and we’ll share more episodes soon – in the meantime, please look after yourself.