Free text service launched to boost teacher wellbeing
A new text messaging service is being launched to enhance teacher wellbeing, after similar successful schemes in Canada and the USA.
Weekly text messages from the TeachTogether service, developed by The Chartered College of Teaching and the Behavioural Insights Team, will be designed to boost morale and provide support for school staff.
Alongside motivational messages and quotes from those in other teaching jobs, it will also include advice, classroom activities and details on useful resources.
Results from a pilot involving teachers and emergency call handlers in North America show that the approach can help to reduce burnout and cut the number of staff resigning from their professions.
The messaging provided via the texts draws on science and wellbeing studies, as well as on feedback from teacher interviews, ensuring that it is relevant.
Anna Bird, head of education and skills at the Behavioural Insights Team, told Schools Week that teachers have a vital role to play in providing care for the children of key workers.
“We hope this evidence-based service will help teachers stay connected and get the support they need during these challenging times,” she explained.
Her views were echoed by professor dame Alison Peacock, the chief executive of The Chartered College of Teaching.
“It is more important than ever that our teachers have continued access to education support networks,” she said.
Schools may also wish to have their own initiatives in place to support staff, from having dedicated staff on hand to provide help to coaching and counselling.
Funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust and Ian Armitage, teachers wanting to sign up for the free messaging service can do so at the Chartered College website using an email or UK mobile phone number.
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