School Staff Support
Sources of Individual Support and Help
The Education Support Partnership is a charity. Their free helpline, staffed by trained counsellors, is available to all teachers, lecturers and staff in education (primary, secondary, further or higher education) in England, Wales and Scotland 24/7, 365 days a year.
Grants are also available for staff who are facing financial hardship.
08000 562 561
If you’re struggling and you’re not sure if you want to live or die, can you - just for now - hold off making this decision and keep reading and watching the videos at https://stayingsafe.net for some ideas about how to get through.
There may be things that you - and other people - can do to make things better.
You may have found yourself wishing that you were dead, or perhaps thinking that the people who you care about would be better off without you but with support you can choose to live.
Even situations that seem almost impossible to face can feel different if you remind yourself that feelings don’t last forever and you have an idea of what you can do to get through this painful time. Please share our hope that you can find a way forward.
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However, please do your own fact-finding, as we are unable to guarantee that any of the
wellbeing providers will be right for you or your school.
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Offer health checks to your teachers and support staff
Take action - increase wellbeing
Do you offer workplace health checks for your staff? An unhealthy and unhappy workforce can be costly:
Evidence shows that workplace health initiatives can deliver a wide range of benefits, to both employers and staff. Staff enjoy improved wellbeing, and workplace health checks can even pick-up conditions before they cause symptoms. Employees working for firms that promote wellness are more likely to be engaged, and think positively of their employers.British Heart Foundation research shows that employers who invest in appropriate and successful workplace health initiatives have the potential to see a return on investment of between £2 and £34 for every £1 spent. Typically, programmes that address overall health pay back over two to three years, while more targeted interventions – such as weight management, or smoking cessation - can be even quicker.
Liaise with your local Health Authority to request support to provide health checks in your school.
Should you have the flu jab?
School leaders: Please ask staff to seek medical advice before requesting the flu jab. The advice below is taken from the NHS website. We are unable to say whether vaccination for flu is medically appropriate in individual cases.
The average absence due to flu is one week.
If your school pays for 50 staff who are not eligible for a free flu jab to be vaccinated, it will cost no more than paying for a supply teacher for two days. It makes wellbeing sense. It makes financial sense.
Yes - you should have the flu jab: if you are over 65. Or if you have any of the following conditions, irrespective of your age:
Your GP may advise you to have a flu jab if you have serious liver disease or a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy or learning disability.
If you are pregnant, you should also have the flu jab. Vaccinations are free from your GP for the above groups.
For staff who fall outside these groups, the cost of flu jabs is usually no more than £10 from pharmacies. Why not ask your school to pay for vaccinations for staff who are not eligible for a free jab? You may be able to arrange for a local store or pharmacy to visit your school, college or university.
Click on the image of the needle to find out more about the flu vaccination.
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