From Stress to Personal and Organisational Wellbeing

This workshop will help teachers to handle the stress that comes from the high demands they face. It will also show them ways to develop a school ethos which is not only conducive to calm and well-being, but also, as the research shows, raises pupil performance. Stretch is fine. Stress is not.
It is the cumulative effects of unwanted demand that lead to the unpleasant symptoms of stress, with which so many teachers are familiar. The course explores the nature of stress, how we can prevent and manage it on a personal level and how we can create a culture of well-being that benefits everyone – staff and pupils alike.

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Clarify their understanding of the nature and causes of stress.
  • Learn techniques for recognising, managing and preventing stress before it reaches levels of burnout and overload.
  • Develop their understanding of personal and organisational well-being as a means of stress prevention and school development.
  • Explore how their school might put the concept of 'well-being' at its centre.
  • Look at practical ways in which a school might develop a culture of well-being.
  • Consider how far their school has come in creating a culture of well-being.

Workshop content:

The effects of unwanted demand, commonly called 'stress'. We explore the nature of stress, how it manifests, what causes it and how participants can identify stress in themselves and others. This will help teachers and schools to identify stress at the crucial initial stage and, in so doing, to manage and reduce stress levels.

Personal stress prevention offers prevention and management strategies and practical ways in which to enter and maintain the ideal calm and relaxed state. Empowering the individual to help with their own stress levels helps them to create a healthier and more relaxed lifestyle. This in turn will have positive effects upon staff well-being and absenteeism.

Reaction or response? A practical session looking at how assertive behaviour – particularly being able to say 'yes' and 'no' appropriately - is key to preventing and managing stress. Participants will learn how assertive self-care is central to their own and others' well-being.

The calm and supportive school. In this session we consider ways in which the organisation can make a positive difference. Research by Birkbeck College shows that when staff well-being is central to the organisation, pupil performance rises, as measured by SAT and GCSE scores. Everyone wins!

Starting points – discussion and planning of practical ways to promote the process of well-being in the participants' school. Having considered the cause and nature of stress and having learned what can make a difference, participants will be in a position to consider practical stress reduction ideas to implement at an organisational level.

 

Duration: This can be offered as a one day workshop, or as two or three twilight sessions to suit your school. We can run the workshop with 15 or 50 participants.

Cost: £1000 plus travel expenses.

Please note, the workshop is delivered by two trainers, both Dr Jonathan Lloyd and Chris Dawson, and costs include workbooks and other materials.