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Expert panel to drive teacher wellbeing support changes

Education experts, school leaders and union representatives are among a 26-strong panel tasked with enhancing teacher mental health and wellbeing. Led by mental health charity Mind chief executive Paul Farmer, the group of experts has met for the first time to discuss how classroom pressures can be reduced. After gathering evidence from teachers and school leaders, the panel is due to provide a set of recommendations for the Department for Education. While a date is yet to be finalised for when that will occur, a spokesperson suggested that it will be in early 2020. Education secretary Damian Hinds announced plans for the advisory panel in March this year, while schools minister Nick Gibb – who was present at the first meeting – said it will have a “crucial role to play”. Among those at the first meeting were Sinead McBrearty, chief executive of the charity Education Support Partnership, Leora Cruddas, chief executive of the Confederation of School Trusts and Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governance Association. Others included Tom Bennett, founder of ResearchED and a government advisor on behaviour, and the assistant general secretary of the National Education Union Nansi Ellis. The National Association of Head Teachers’ director of policy, James Bowen and the deputy director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, Sara Ford, were also both present on the panel. Also attending the initial discussion were Bill Watkin, chief executive of the Sixth Form College Association, Faye Craster, director of teacher development at Teach First and the Chartered College of Teaching’s head of online learning and community Hannah Tyreman. A number of head teachers, college directors and university staff completed the panel. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

PM: All new teachers to get mental health training

All new teachers are to receive mental health awareness training under proposals unveiled by outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. According to Mrs May, the move will ensure that all school staff will have “the confidence and skills to identify mental health issues before they become critical”. In addition, updated statutory guidance will highlight how schools must act in order to protect children’s mental wellbeing. While details of the pledges and funding are yet to be revealed, Mrs May said greater attention needs to be given towards preventing mental illness. “Too many of us have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of mental illness, which is why tackling this burning injustice has always been a personal priority for me,” she said. “It’s time to rethink how we tackle this issue, which is why I believe the next great revolution in mental health should be in prevention.” Her announcement included a pledge for a range of teacher training materials that will help support staff in delivering enhanced mental health education in schools. The latest plans from Mrs May come in addition to the long-term plan from the NHS. A new awareness campaign, titled Every Mind Matters, will launch in October this year, with parents able to access advice services on issues such as bullying, stress and self-harm from 2020. Paul Farmer, the chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, welcomed the proposals and said providing support at the earliest opportunity is key. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including: Primary teacher jobs Secondary teacher jobs SEN teacher jobs Teaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

How can meditation play a positive role in schools?

With World Meditation Day on the horizon, it’s worth considering what role meditation has to play in the school environment. Celebrated on 15th May, World Meditation Day 2019 encourages people to take part in meditation sessions to help clear the mind and promote good mental health. But can relaxing and taking some time out of the day really benefit pupils and teachers alike? The role of meditation?Numerous studies have looked into meditation and the role it can play, and even a few minutes of meditation each day could boost an individual’s physical and emotional health. The sense of calm and peace of mind can help teachers and pupils to focus in lessons, whilst also encouraging them to think about and explore topics further when discussed in the classroom. One form of meditation, referred to as mindfulness, focuses on what is happening at any given time, not on past events or on what may happen in future. This can help an individual to recognise their thoughts, feelings and emotions, which can in turn aid the learning process by ensuring they keep a clear head while in class. Another method places an emphasis on compassion, which can help to develop better school cohesion and a sense of community. Such an approach can also help youngsters to put the stresses and strains of everyday school life to one side, providing them with a chance to unwind. An opportunity?There are plenty of opportunities for meditation to help drive improvements in attainment and staff fatigue, but its use needs to be implemented correctly. Other factors will also influence the outcomes that are possible, which is why World Meditation Day can be useful for placing an emphasis on meditation and ways of thinking. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including:Primary teacher jobsSecondary teacher jobsSEN teacher jobsTeaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly. 

New expert group to focus on teacher wellbeing

Education secretary Damian Hinds has unveiled proposals for an expert advisory group that will help the government to find new ways to support teacher wellbeing. Making the announcement at the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham, Mr Hinds said that the wellbeing of teachers cannot be taken for granted. The new advisory group will focus on how better wellbeing for teachers can be promoted and draws on expertise from head teachers, teaching unions, professional bodies and Mind, the mental health charity. It forms part of plans to improve the culture in schools by improving the day-to-day experiences of teachers by addressing their workload concerns, tackling poor behaviour and by simplifying the accountability system. Mr Hinds said there is a need for society to enhance its understanding of mental health and wellbeing, including that of teachers as well as pupils. “Teaching requires high levels of selflessness as teachers always put the good of their pupils first,” he explained. “I’m clear that your [teacher] wellbeing is also something we need to prioritise.” Mr Hinds explained that the advisory group “will provide expert advice” while focusing on how the government and school leaders can promote wellbeing to those in primary and secondary school teaching jobs. “Happy motivated, well supported teachers are more likely to have happy and motivated pupils in their classrooms, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we’re all here,” he told those at the conference. The advisory group is set to discuss concerns with head teachers and school leaders before making recommendations to the Department for Education on the best approaches to take. ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton has welcomed the proposals and said the union is looking forward to finding out what recommendations are produced. Meanwhile, Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said the key steps are to “start a conversation about mental health that empowers teachers” and to provide the right training and guidance so that teachers can support themselves. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including:Primary teacher jobsSecondary teacher jobsSEN teacher jobsTeaching Assistant jobsExam Invigilator jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant 

DfE plans for more cost-cutting consultants to support schools

Nine organisations are to recruit and manage a set of cost-cutting consultants that will help schools to save money. The Department for Education has revealed that the school resource management advisors (SRMA) scheme is being expanded and has named the groups that will enable it to happen. Under the scheme, consultants are sent to schools to assess their financial management processes and to find potential areas for savings. An estimated £2.3 million has been set aside to cover the costs of the contracts – awarded by the Education Skills and Funding Agency – to support at least 160 consultants. Each consultant is meant to provide schools with “impartial, expert business advice” that relates to how the use of revenue and resources can be maximised. According to the DfE, a pilot of the use of consultants in schools earlier in 2018 revealed more than £35 million of potential savings and revenue generation openings in schools and academy trusts. The government has now named the organisations to carry it forward, although the amount of funding that each will receive is yet to be announced. They are as follows:The Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust – an academy trust with three schools in Gloucestershire Institute of School Business Leadership North Yorkshire county council Schools Choice – based in Suffolk Avec Partnership Ltd – based in Darlington MLG Education Services Ltd – based in Warwick Herts for Learning – based in Hertfordshire Babcock Learning and Development Partnership LLP – based in London Education Performance Improvement Ltd – based in Leicestershire Lord Agnew, Secretary of State for the Schools System, said he was delighted to announce that the SRMA scheme will have a greater capacity to support schools. “Excellent school resource management is vital in ensuring pupils receive the very best education possible,” he said. “It is clear from the success of the pilot that SRMAs will be valued partners for schools and trusts as they work to ensure they make the most of the resources available to them and are maximising investment in the classroom.” Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including:Primary teacher jobsSecondary teacher jobsSEN teacher jobsTeaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly. 

Teaching money management in schools

Since September, UK schools have been teaching students about money management to prepare them for life beyond school.  It was recognised that there was a need to ensure that students have an understanding of issues such as budgeting and responsible borrowing to equip them with living in the modern world of credit cards, interest rates, mortgages and bank accounts. Having an understanding of financial matters will help students make sound financial decisions when handling their personal finances in later life.  Christmastime is a great example of the importance of planning your finances ahead. People can easily get into financial difficulties and start the new year in debt because they do not budget prudently and are carried away with the excesses of the festive period. A greater awareness of money management would help avoid future financial woes. Learning about the concepts of tax, debt and money management is now a part of the school curriculum and one that presents a challenge for teachers who must explain areas of finance in an understandable and student-friendly way.  The way that 11 to 16-year-olds are given tuition in managing money will vary from schools to school. The tuition in financial education that they receive is included in the Mathematics and Citizenship curriculum and will include areas such as budgeting and borrowing. How this is taught is left to schools to decide. We have found some ways for teachers to approach money management that will engage pupils:The board game “Money Marathon” from the finance education charity MyBnk uses the interactive quiz format to help Secondary schools students understand the concepts of saving, borrowing and interest rates. A useful resource that makes complex financial issues fun to learn. Another great resource, this one more suitable for children in the 5 to 7 age range is “The Financial Fairy Tales” which teaches financial literacy through the medium of fairy tales. A very practical resource for teachers of slightly older pupils is “Learning About Money in the Primary Classroom” from pfeg. It lists plenty of activity ideas based on storytelling with a financial literacy theme. Armed with these helpful resources the task of tackling financial literacy in the classroom should be easier for teaching staff and more entertaining for pupils. One of the great satisfactions of teaching is the feeling that the tuition that you are providing to your students will help them to cope with the challenges that modern living presents. The fact that money management has been introduced to the curriculum shows how responsive UK education is to the changing needs of society and the needs of pupils in adult life. If you would like to get involved in equipping children with the knowledge to handle the modern world and its challenges then register with Tradewind Recruitment! Great supply teacher roles in the UK are available for the right candidates!  Source: http://www.theguardian.com/education/teacher-blog/2013/mar/04/financial-education-teaching-resources

Government to invest £300 million to improve mental health support in schools

The Government has announced a £300 million investment plan that is set to cause a radical shake-up of mental health support in schools. Under the new plans, mental health support teams will be able to provide support and treatment to pupils on school premises, so they can tackle issues early and stop them developing. In a highly anticipated green paper on children and young people’s mental health, the Government revealed plans to invest £95 million so schools will be able to appoint and develop senior leads for mental health. These staff will be required to develop a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing within their school, and also provide assistance so students can access NHS treatments and specialist therapies. A further £215 million will be used to fund mental health support teams, who will improve links between the NHS and schools and also deliver treatments to students. Over the next five years, the Government hopes to be able to hire several thousand people, who will work with social workers, counsellors, school nurses and educational psychologists. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Around half of all mental illness starts before the age of 14, so it is vital children get support as soon as they need it - in the classroom.” The new plans are also set to have an impact on waiting times for some of the more severe cases, with a new pilot programme introducing a four-week waiting time for some NHS services. “Now it is crucial that services are given the resource to match the true scale of need so that all children and young people in need of mental health support are able to get it,” said Young Minds Chief Executive, Sarah Brennan. According to figures from the NHS, around one in 10 girls between the ages of 16 and 17 were referred to specialist mental health services in 2016, highlighting the need for more improvements. Pupils will also receive lessons about mental health and wellbeing, in an attempt to offer a more rounded relationship education. Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 11 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools, including:Primary teacher jobsSecondary teacher jobsSEN teacher jobsTeaching Assistant jobs Interested in applying? You can view all of our jobs here or alternatively you can submit your CV - your local education recruitment consultant will get in touch with you shortly.

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