Improving the mental health of education professionals is only made possible by acknowledging the links between policy decisions, workplace culture and individual staff wellbeing. Strategies to improve the wellbeing of the workforce must be targeted at each of these three levels.
Educational settings need adequate resources to carry out their functions effectively. Proper resources are the building blocks which support the mental health and wellbeing of education staff who, in turn, support their pupils and students.
The current accountability system in schools and colleges must be reviewed. The tension between narrow targets and holistic learner development is widely perceived to increase pressure on teachers, reducing job satisfaction and motivation.
Education Departments must implement a clear plan for the retention and recruitment of senior leaders, with a plan that includes meaningful action to reduce stress among this cohort.