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Comment on DfE Expert Advisory Group for Teacher and Leader Mental Health

15th March 2019

In a speech today (15 March 2019) at the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham, the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, will announce the creation of a new Expert Advisory Group, chaired by the Department for Education, to advise the Department, Multi-Academy Trusts and local authorities on the wellbeing of school and college leaders and teachers.

Responding to the announcement, Sinéad Mc Brearty, CEO at Education Support Partnership, who has been invited to represent the charity as part of the Expert Advisory Group, said:

“Today’s announcement represents a positive step forward in the need to proactively address the current high levels of poor wellbeing and mental health across the education workforce.

“The Group provides a much needed opportunity to view the issue from a systemic perspective and address the wide range of factors that contribute to poor teacher and leader wellbeing and mental health.

“This needs to consider the impact of decisions at a policy-level, within schools and colleges, and the support available to help teachers and leaders manage their personal and professional lives.

“Working alongside others in the Group and inputting the voices of the thousands of education staff we support every year, we need to ensure that positive tangible changes are made as a result of this work, which directly benefit those working on the frontline.”