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New Director for teacher support charity

20th January 2021

Education Support, the UK’s only charity dedicated to the mental health and wellbeing of education staff, has appointed Faye McGuinness as its first Director of Programmes.

Faye brings a wealth of expertise after six years at the leading mental health charity Mind, where she was Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes. In her new role, she will be responsible for expanding Education Support’s service offering for education staff, at a time of unprecedented need.

The Teacher Wellbeing Index 2020, Education Support’s annual in-depth report into teacher mental health and wellbeing found that more educators than ever are experiencing symptoms which can lead to depression and anxiety with half saying they had considered leaving in the past year. The pressure of workload was the main reason given. 

At Mind, Faye led the development of initiatives including the Mentally Healthy Universities Programme and its response to the landmark Stevenson-Farmer review of mental health and employment, called Thriving at Work.

The arrival of Faye is part of Education Support’s most ambitious strategy to date, seeking to reach more education staff than ever, with a particular focus on the co-production of new services, in partnership with the profession.

Sinéad Mc Brearty, CEO of Education Support commented:

These are uniquely challenging times for everyone working in education. The past year has compounded the effect of already unsustainable pressures on the profession.

“We aim to meet the increased need for mental health and wellbeing support, and I’m delighted to have Faye on board. Her experience will make a real difference to how we shape our offer.”

Faye said:

“There is no doubt that we have a big challenge ahead. But I am optimistic that with the right focus, enough investment, and a commitment from the sector to embed the recommendations from the 2020 index, that change can occur across the education sector. ”

“I’m looking forward to supporting education employers to deliver better workplace cultures, so staff can thrive at the same time as advocating for improvement in the workplace at policy level.”


Education Support is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. Our free and confidential helpline is available 24/7 to everyone working in education and is available UK wide on 08000 562 561.