One is every 6 employees will at any time show signs of stress/and or anxiety.  NAHT research survey showed that schools are struggling to recruit across both the primary and secondary sector and in an increasing number of cases, schools are unable to recruit at all. It suggests that the difference between the official statistics and the perceptions of schools is the result of the timing of information-gathering and interim solutions that are being put into place. The survey found that of those who had advertised vacancies:

  • 79 per cent said that recruitment was problematic.
  • 59 per cent recruited with a struggle.
  • 20 per cent were not able to recruit at all.

The NAHT found that there were particular recruitment difficulties to school leadership roles. Schools that had vacancies for Head Teachers, struggled to recruit in 72 per cent of cases and for deputy Head Teachers in 64 per cent of cases.

The reasons given by the NAHT for the possible difficulties with recruitment include:

  • Low pay relative to other graduate professions.
  • A language of criticism and failure from the government.
  • A challenging accountability framework.

(Source: Head Teacher Update)

Recruitment and retention remains a priority for schools.  A key factor in securing retention of staff is to help them to manage the stress associated with their role and to support their wellbeing.  This clearly begins with the culture of the school and the kind of relationships that are established, but is also concerns the kind of direct support and intervention that is provided to secure positive wellbeing.

The Guardian article above provides some information
to help gain an insight into stress. Click the image.

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‘Kind Minds’ and ‘Learn 2B’ are both organisations that can provide advice and training for your school to help manage stress  Inspire will be working with both organisations to offer future provision for our alliance schools.  If you would like further information about the service that they offer contact details are below.

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Dr Mike Scanlan

Kind Minds

22 Trinity Avenue


Telephone: 07738 148439

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Sue Bennett

Curriculum Coordinator

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Learn2b

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Mobile: 07764 859604

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