Following the government’s announcement of £17 million in mental health funding for schools and colleges, Dame Alison Peacock has commented:
“Even before the pandemic, teachers were telling us about the increasing role they were being asked to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students. For many schools where workloads are high and resources stretched, staff feel ill-equipped to deal with these issues. In addition, our research has also found that most teachers do not feel confident in supporting children who may have experienced trauma.
With our profession having to balance these pressures with their own worries and anxieties, it is not surprising that almost two-thirds of teachers told us that their wellbeing has been negatively affected. We are pleased to see these new resources including the Charter for schools as a step in the right direction. We hope this is just the first stage and adequate resources will be available where the need is identified to ensure the wellbeing of our fantastic teachers is prioritised.”
The Chartered College of Teaching has a range of articles, webinars and research focused on mental health on MyCollege.