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We partner with Wesleyan to launch Teacher Wellbeing site

04 Nov 2021

Teacher mindfulness

Today, we have launched a Teacher Wellbeing website with support from partner Wesleyan. The new Teacher Wellbeing platform is dedicated to supporting and improving all education professionals’ mental wellbeing.

Launched in response to the urgent need for support among overstretched and time-poor teachers, the free website features resources and advice from experts in order to inspire and support.

The year-long Teacher Wellbeing campaign is part of our wider commitment to educational recovery following the pandemic, which includes support for pupils who have missed out on lost learning. With support from Wesleyan, we hope to give back to teachers after a tumultuous period during the pandemic, and help the education system recover from the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

This come as 62% of education professionals surveyed by Education Support described themselves as stressed.

Many activities on the platform are literary-themed, based on the insight that reading for as little as 10 minutes a day can improve someone’s mental wellbeing. For World Mental Health Day this year, we worked with Wesleyan to engage over 165,000 people in their Take 10 campaign, where children, young people and adults alike spent just ten minutes reading.

“We are so pleased to launch our Teacher Wellbeing campaign today, with support from the team at Wesleyan. We know that teachers are regularly very short on time and commit themselves to pupils rather than taking time out to focus on their own wellbeing or relax – and this has only been exacerbated by the disruption and increased pressure of the pandemic. Pupils benefit from well-rested, happier teachers, so everyone in education stands to gain from the launch of this brilliant new platform.”

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust

“It’s an honour to be part of today’s launch – and part of our organisation’s commitment to prioritising the wellbeing of education professionals. Teachers experience considerable stress and pressure, and it is so important they receive the support they need to do their jobs and nurture the next generation.

Linda Wallace, Director of Wesleyan Financial Services at Wesleyan

"I think that the wellbeing and health of our teachers is so incredibly important, especially at this time. That is why I am really excited to be supporting the National Literacy Trust's Teacher Wellbeing platform."

Konnie Huq, children’s author and TV presenter
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