72% of Public Sector Organisations See a Rise in Mental Health Conditions

The recent CIPD Health and Wellbeing Survey raised concerns again that mental health in the workplace is still not being addressed effectively. The survey showed that 72% of public sector organisations, which includes education, have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions in the last 12 months*. This includes employees suffering most commonly with anxiety and depression.

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Over 600 Educational Psychologist Trainees Will Receive Free Tuition and Grants

Following the Education Secretary’s announcement late last year, to increase the presence of Education Psychologists, the Department of Education have presented their plans to support more young people with additional educational needs. This includes a multi-million pound fund that will ensure that over 600 Educational Psychologist trainees will receive a bursary grant for their first year of study and free tuition. It is hoped that this will increase the number of psychologists available for schools to use.

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Top Tips to Reduce Teacher Workload in Your School

The workload of teachers and ultimately the wellbeing of teachers, has become an increasing concern for the Government in 2019. Education Secretary Damian Hinds is raising awareness around teacher wellbeing and putting actions in place to tackle the problem. The concern focuses on how teachers always put the good of their pupils first and often forget about their own wellbeing in the process. As a result, teachers have an increased workload and work extra hours for their pupils benefit, damaging their own mental health and increasing stress. 

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Employee Engagement

It may sound obvious but making sure your employees are actively engaged in the objectives of your organisation is paramount to success. A passionate team will help drive the organisation forward to achieve objectives, whether that be for a business, a school or a Multi-Academy Trust. Everyone must be engaged and enthusiastic about the direction the organisation is going in and their role as part of it. But, how do you as a leadership team encourage this.

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Using Mediation To Manage Conflict

Mediation is where an independent and impartial person helps two or more people to reach a solution surrounding a dispute in the workplace*. Conflict between colleagues can take on many different forms and at times this can lead to sickness absence. An employer has a duty of care to ensure that they deal with this conflict in a timely manner and therefore ensure not only the health and wellbeing of those involved but of other colleagues as well.

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The Importance of Mindfulness

Mental ill health costs employers in the UK £30 billion every year through lost absence, recruitment and productivity*. Mental health therefore, is an increasing concern and is the leading cause for sickness absence in the UK. Sickness accounts for 70 million absent days*. With the summer term and exam season fast approaching, the need for that extra bit of support for staff within the workplace is higher than ever.

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