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Why teacher appreciation matters

Teacher wellbeing: why appreciation matters

Watch this thought provoking discussion which explores why appreciation is so important to teachers’ mental health.  You will also hear practical tips and recommendations to help encourage a culture of appreciation in your school.

There’s never been a more important time to consider the importance of appreciation. Teachers, and all school staff, are working tirelessly to keep children learning. But working in education during the pandemic has come at a huge personal cost to many.

In 2020 we published Covid-19 and the classroom, a survey of 3034 teachers and education staff. It asked how teachers they felt their work has been valued during the pandemic. Feelings of appreciation within their immediate communities was high, but this dropped dramatically in relation to external relationships, including government and education departments.  

Chaired by Education Support’s CEO Sinéad Mc Brearty, our expert panel examines some of these findings and asks how we can promote appreciation to support the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and education staff. 

Our panel

Kat Howard is an Assistant Principal at a school in Northamptonshire, responsible for internal CPD, staff coaching and English. She is the founder of Lit Drive, an online resource for English teachers to share resources around the world. She is also the author of Stop Talking About Wellbeing published by John Catt and co-author of Symbiosis: the curriculum and the classroom with Claire Hill.

Ben Amponsah is a psychotherapist and coach. He is a frequent content creator for Education Support on topics including anxiety, grief and secondary trauma. Ben is also a Psychologist and currently studying for a professional doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Faye McGuinness is the Director of Programmes at Education Support. She is responsible for understanding the wellbeing needs of the education workforce, and developing new services to meet them. She was previously Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind. 

How we can help 

Our helpline is an essential lifeline for teachers and education staff who are struggling. It is free, confidential and available 24/7 on 08000 562561.

Our Employee Assistance Programme is a cost-effective staff wellbeing package that can transform your team's wellbeing. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch