As a previous SENCO, serving on SLT and full time classroom teacher, I know the challenges many SENCOs face. Since 2009, I have worked with organisations such as nasen and other SENCO Award providers to explore SENCO well-being.
In 2016, I was involved in four main projects to support and extend SENCO well-being:
A FREE Time Management ebook for SENCOs. Feedback in applying this bespoke approach has been every encouraging and positive. Give it a try!
Training on ‘Reducing the SEND paperwork’. This will continue into 2017 – outcomes that have been shared by attendees confirm the need to streamline the paperwork trail to make it effective and meaningful.
Introduced a low-cost/high-impact CPD model for SENCOs to support other staff on an on-going basis.
To support, sustain and develop long-standing SENCOs, we launched SENCo Masterclass. This will continue in 2017 and beyond, with an added approach that will support all SENCOs in their long-term professional development.
Based on the concepts of #teacher5aday by Martyn Reah and his global team; we are now launching #senco5aday:
To stay connected and to share strategies to support #senco5aday – do fill in the form on the website.
We are a group of teachers who care about the wellbeing of teachers. With your help, we want to publish a journal. The aim of the journal is to guide teachers through a year of looking after themselves really well.
Inspiring educators to create schools that nourish
I’m Angela and I work with teachers and educators wanting to create schools that nourish.
I inspire education folk to bring creativity and heart to the fore to bring about lasting and meaningful change.
We want to keep teachers in teaching. We do this by being the only charity in the UK to provide practical and emotional telephone and online support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to any teacher, at any stage of their career, at any age, in any role, in any type of school, with any union.
A Coaching Revolution by coaching in schools expert Annie Boate is the ultimate guide for headteachers, school leaders, teachers, NQTs and support staff in any phase or context (including SEND schools) who genuinely want to become ‘even better’. The Coaching in Schools approach provides a fresh voice in education at a time when one in 83 teachers (3,750) are on long-term leave for stress and mental health issues in the UK (Lib Dem Research, January 2018). What’s more, Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2016/17 – a rise of 11% over the past two years. One in five of these sessions took place in May – the month when many pupils face upcoming exams telling counsellors they were struggling with subjects, excessive workloads and feeling unprepared.
Annie’s unique, tried and tested coaching system has no ‘sell-by’ date. It prevents school staff wasting time, energy and money on the wrong things. Jargon-free and easy-to-follow, Annie injects powerful, simple and practical coaching strategies that can be implemented instantly. Her 12-step model is fast and efficient – it takes around 15 minutes to put into practice!
A Coaching Revolution helps educators get the best out of their colleagues and students. Too often people over-complicate things or present a load of waffle, fluff or stuffy academic theory in so-called ‘coaching’ guides. If that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for then this book is definitely not for you! Annie’s coaching style is different and as such her book reflects her refreshingly down-to-earth and informal approach. Following coaching, staff and pupils report going from feeling ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘under pressure’ to feeling ‘confident’, ‘motivated’ and ‘empowered’, achieving things they previously deemed ‘impossible’.
Get your copy at: http://bit.ly/schoolwell
The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK’s education system, thereby improving outcomes and life chances. This initiative, being led by Carnegie School of Education, is focused on evidence-based solutions which address schools’, pupils and parents/carers needs; the development of a professional community of school mental health experts; and leading innovation within the area.
We work with schools, organisations and professionals committed to ensuring that mental health difficulties do not limit success at school and beyond. We seek partnerships and collaborations to drive forward this agenda.
Our work focuses on these areas:
Professional development for everyone working in schools. A suite of programmes and learning ensuring relevance for all school colleagues.
Practitioners network. The development of a professional community for those (leading the agenda of mental health in schools), to deepen learning and (share best practice) harness a wealth of experience.
Providing support and guidance for schools. Resources which help schools develop and improve their mental health policies and practices.
Annual conference. A large scale event to profile innovative and proven work, deepen understanding and support the link between policy and practice.
School Mental Health Quality Mark. An accreditation for Schools to evidence and show effectiveness and impact of their whole school approach to Mental Health.
Research. To ensure that interventions are evidence-based and that we’ll produce best practice publications.
Collaboration with strategic partners. To develop strategic partnerships with other like-minded organisations to work collaboratively to develop provision and support for schools.
A new stress reduction program designed especially for teachers by Johns Hopkins University and The Monday Campaigns. The goal is to help you start the week in a positive frame of mind and manage stress throughout the week. Each Monday, you’ll receive an email with new stress reduction practices along with complementary exercises that can be used in the classroom.
Attention: Over-worked, Over-stressed Teachers.
Are you sick of feeling drained after a day of what was supposed to be fulfilling? Not sure how you are going to keep up with all the work you have to do? Searching for ways to improve your work/life balance?
If this sounds like you, it’s likely you’ve started to admit to yourself that this can’t go on for too much longer. It won’t be long before you are hating Monday’s, counting down for every weekend, or starting to look for a new career.
If pushing through these boundaries, solving these restricting problems for yourself and making the most of your teaching career is important to you moving forward, then visit my site to request a copy of my FREE e-book: