Teacher Toolkit also has these podcasts if you would like to know more about how to take of yourself
When you travel by plane you are always told to put your own mask on before assisting others and this is true of the well-being of all teachers and trainees. Whilst training on one of our programmes you will have an obligation to look after yourself. You need to make sure that you eat on a regular basis, make sure you get fresh air and that you get plenty of sleep. It is really important that you are “fit to teach”.
In addition our trainees can have support from:
- Your Mentors: If you have any concerns, you can always approach your mentors for advice and support. You can speak to other teachers in your placement school and other trainees to support each other.
- Director of SCITT: We operate an open door policy. If you need to speak to Louise Stubbs (Director of SCITT) or James Findlay-Pidcock (Director of Primary) about something that concerns you, please pop in.
- Admin our admin team are all very friendly and approachable and have been trained to be Mental Health First Aid Aware
- Your GP: Please click the following link for some information on speaking to your GP about your mental health – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/gp-visit-guide/
- The Education Support Partnership: We are proud to work in partnership with ESP who are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. The training year is a huge learning curve and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and isolated. You will find some tips to help manage your mental health and wellbeing in this excellent article.
In addition consider:
Work Life Balance: Having a social life and interests outside of training is really important. It can help when you are overwhelmed. Gentle repetitive exercises, such as walking or swimming or cycling are good to relieve stress. Medication, yoga, pilates and dance are also helpful. The trick is to find out what best suits you best. Hobbies that focus attention are also good stress relievers such as puzzles.
Organisation planning in advance: Take time to have a look at your timetable and organise yourself accordingly, don’t let things creep up on you, know what is happening and when to prepare for these events.
Calm / Mindfulness: Find your send of calm – if mindfulness is for you ‘Headspace’ is a free application on most smart phones and can be found at www.headspace.com
Finally, if everything does feel feel like it is becoming too much we are here to help and support you, we have two staff trained in MHFA awareness so please do speak to us,