I’ve written before about the importance of teacher wellbeing.
Yes I know this is the Generation Next not the Generation Was Blog, but I think it is essential to appreciate that if we want our kids to flourish, then it is essential that the adults in their lives are doing likewise.
A great deal of time is spent addressing student wellbeing at conferences and in school policy documents, but other than a cursory nod in the Workplace Occupational Health and Safety policy, teacher wellbeing is something that seems to be over-looked.
Maybe it’s because many workplaces seem to neglect their staff wellbeing to focus on their clients. Why would schools be any different? After all, school is mostly about kids.
However, did you know that research indicates that approximately 40-50% of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years in the job?
Did you know that research also shows that this is rarely due to classroom pressures, but more to do with the politics, or lack of support in the staffroom.
Did you know that according to Safe Work Australia 2013 report into Workers Compensation Claims for Mental Stress, the education sector is second on the list for mental health claims across all industries?
It’s clear that teacher wellbeing is something that needs to be addressed.
How is it addressed in your school?
Why not comment below, as perhaps your ideas could help others.
Author: Dan Haesler, he is a teacher, consultant, and speaker at the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People seminars He writes for the Sydney Morning Herald and blogs at http://danhaesler.com/ and tweets at @danhaesler