Resilience – A tool for stressed teachers

Posted by Amanda Furness

We have all read the headlines, “Teachers stress levels in England ‘soaring’, data shows, “‘Stress pushing teachers to leave profession’, figures show”. Some find them all too easy to dismiss with no sympathy and a comment about long holidays. However, such headlines reflect genuine problems for not only those involved but also the teaching profession as a whole and the education of our young.

One enlightened local authority we work with contacted us to discuss the possibility of offering their probationer teachers a course on developing personal resilience. We were delighted to fulfil this brief and, last month, delivered a pilot one-day course to a group of their probationers.

The feedback received was very encouraging and showed that the course received top marks of 10/10 regarding how participants rated it overall, with 100% of the respondents getting what they wanted from the workshop.

When asked ‘what worked well for you,’ comments received included;

  • “I liked the balance of theory and practical strategies and feel that I understand the underlying principles of the strategies given.  This makes me more likely to use them as I have more confidence in them working.”
  • “The training helped me feel more hopeful about my present situation at work.”

During the course of the day, participants received practical training and a better understanding of resilience and how it can be grown, came away with a 5 stage problem-solving process, a tool for developing flexible thinking and 3 strategies that can be used for emotional first aid.

The following thoughts illustrate that resilience training could be a valuable tool, not only for those entering the teaching profession but also to help those teachers to which the headlines currently refer;

  • “This would be great to be opened up to PGDE university courses.  Also, I would recommend it to other teachers.”
  • “I feel this course would benefit not only NQTs but also more experienced teachers. I know several colleagues who find it challenging to deal with the stress related to work.”

If you would like to find out more about how resilience training can help both engage and inspire, please contact us.