Quarter of Teachers Have Less Time to Focus on Their Mental Health

Latest research reveals the knock-on effect of virtual learning on mental health issues

In recognition of the incredible challenge ahead, a new mental health course to look after the UK’s educators has launched today and will be available for free for teachers, teaching assistants, support workers and school leaders.

The training will provide education staff with helpful ways to manage their mental health, reduce work-related stress and engage in self-care as one in four teachers stressed that during lockdown and virtual learning, they had less time to concentrate on their own mental health matters compared to during regular term time, a survey* released today from High Speed Training has revealed.

The complimentary course is responding to rising concerns from the industry that not enough importance is given on the subject of mental wellbeing, with almost half (45%) of teachers across the UK stating that they feel unconfident that they have had sufficient training to deal with safeguarding and mental health matters. This coincides with the concerning fact that the large majority (81%) of teachers expect to see an increase in mental health issues amongst pupils this academic year that they will require the ability to cope with.

Catherine Talbot, Education Sector Analyst and Course Lead at High Speed Training, said: “This year has been more turbulent than most and it is clear that teachers will carry the burden of a growing attainment gap and rising safeguarding issues amongst pupils on their shoulders. This overwhelming amount of pressure to continue having a positive impact on young people’s lives, on both an educational and personal front, will undoubtedly have an effect on teachers’ own mental wellbeing across the country. High Speed Training is offering its Mental Health Training for Teachers course for free for a limited time to ensure that teachers feel confident and content in the workplace.”

Corinne Sweet, Psychologist and Psychotherapist, added: “Currently, teachers are under enormous strain as they manage their students’ and their own mental health issues in an extremely challenging situation. Teachers need to be able to deal with their own stresses, strains and pressures as, if they are not coping, they will not be operating at their best. In my experience, I see how those within the education sector can neglect their own mental health badly, due to the pressures to perform and cope with hugely challenging circumstances. Teachers can often put their own needs last, as the workload mounts and now with virtual learning and dealing with the demands of the pandemic, this has added another layer of high stress to what was already an overstretched situation. Resources that seek to help teachers psychologically, like the Mental Health Training for Teachers course, is gold dust at this difficult time.”

The CPD accredited course will be available for free for those within the education sector for a limited time only. For further information regarding High Speed Training’s Mental Health Training for Teachers course, simply visit the website here.

EDUCATION INVESTOR AWARDS 2020: DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCED AS GRAND PRIX FINALIST

Digital learning provider shortlisted for ‘Ed Tech Firm of the Year’ industry prize

Discovery Education, the global leader in curriculum-aligned digital resources and professional learning for primary and secondary schools, has been announced as a finalist at this year’s prestigious Education Investor Awards.

Organised by Education Investor Global, the awards are a flagship industry event celebrating excellence in the business of UK education. This year they also recognise how firms have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and maintained innovation and growth during a challenging period for the sector.

Discovery Education is proud to be nominated for the prestigious Grand Prix, as a contender for Ed Tech Firm of the Year.

Robin Headlee, Managing Director of Discovery Education International, said:

“We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious industry prize, which recognises our efforts to provide continuity of learning for millions of students during the pandemic. From providing no-cost access to our award-winning digital resources to developing new apps to facilitate social distancing, Discovery Education mobilised its Covid-19 response quickly and effectively to support students, teachers and parents around the world.”

During the initial Covid-19 pandemic school closures, Discovery Education served its base of 45 million existing students, as well as millions more learners needing immediate support, ensuring that learning can continue, wherever students are located.  Discovery Education has also provided extensive support for educators, with professional learning events dedicated to providing educators strategies they can use to continue student learning during the pandemic.

Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s UK Managing Director said:

“Discovery Education is committed to supporting students, teachers and parents as they navigate the challenges of this global pandemic. Maintaining continuity of learning is our priority and we’ve introduced a whole range of measures – including home access to our award-winning Espresso service – to help students access dynamic digital content and stay engaged and motivated, wherever they are based. ”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services visit www.discoveryeducation.co.uk and stay connected via Twitter and LinkedIn.

TOP SPEAKING LINE-UP CONFIRMED FOR INAUGURAL EDTECH SUMMIT

An impressive line-up of speakers has been finalised ahead of the inaugural EdTech Summit, which will be taking place online on the 18th and 19th November. The event will be run alongside the bi-annual Schools & Academies Show (17th-20th November), the UK’s largest education policy event organised by GovNet.

Gillan Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills at the Department for Education, will open proceedings with a keynote presentation on the status of apprenticeships whilst updating the audience on the measures put in place to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on young people’s careers. She will be joined in the opening session by Dr Daniel Susskind, Career Development Fellow from University of Oxford, exploring the future of work in light of the ongoing pandemic.

A 65-strong speaking line-up also includes Helen Miller OBE, Chief Executive of the Good Things Foundation, Robin Ghurbhurun, Managing Director of UK Further Education and Skills, Prof. Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leading and Teaching) at Teesside University, and Lauren Thorpe, Director of Strategies at Ark. 

This virtual event will also enable education technologists, senior industry leaders and pioneering speakers to come together to discuss how to bridge the gap between education and technology through an innovative online networking platform. More than 750 senior ICT executives and 3,000 leaders from across the education sector have already signed up for the summit, which is being supported by multiple EdTech suppliers. 

Chris Callaghan, Event Director, EdTech Summit, said: “Whilst we are disappointed this launch event is not taking place at the NEC Birmingham as planned, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the level of support we have received to transform the inaugural EdTech Summit into a virtual event has been astounding – which clearly illustrates what an innovative and digitally-minded sector we are working with. 

“Despite this change, we have assembled an inspiring and authoritative line-up of speakers who will provide vital updates and share best practice. The EdTech Summit is the only event in the UK to focus on helping primary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities to optimise their digital strategies, implement new technologies and drive efficiencies in the classroom and the back office.” 

For more information about the EdTech Summit, or to register for the event, please visit the official website – https://edtechsummit.co.uk/