Developing purposeful staff wellbeing in schools/colleges


Course introduction

There is a growing concern and increase with Mental and Emotional health issues in our schools. We need to stand together, work as one, and support each other to be emotionally healthy, resilient and happy, prepared for the struggles that 21st Century Education is placing upon us.

Do you have an “inside out, outside in” emotional wellbeing philosophy and approach in your school/college? The skills and strategies needed for wellbeing and mental health should now be part of teaching, learning and staff development. So why is it that some topics are still difficult to talk about or even tackle? Why taboo? Why are so many scared of talking, addressing and supporting the needs of our children and staff in an ever changing, stressful and complex system of wellbeing and mental health.

Developing a whole school/college approach to meeting the emotional needs for everyone is crucial for effective teaching and learning as well as professional wellbeing. This course will help you make a difference in your school/college, so that you are energised, refreshed and confident in dealing with mental and emotional health and wellbeing for all.

What we will cover throughout the day

  • Understand the meaning of wellbeing and positive mental health;

  • Develop a deeper understanding of resilience;

  • Learn how to create the conditions for high wellbeing and resilience;

  • Look at ways to reduce stress and anxiety;

  • Identify the needs of staff to be healthy and happy professionals;

  • Practice strategies and techniques for 5 ways to wellbeing;

  • Use a range of time and task planning tools in order to stay on top of priorities and remain flexible to changing priorities;

  • Manage difficult situations effectively and stress free;

  • Develop a wellbeing action plan to improve staff wellbeing;

  • Create a whole school approach to effectively manage staff wellbeing and mental health;

  • Develop a model of reflective practice;

  • Identify and support members of staff, who are feeling stressed and/or anxious;

  • Explore resilience-building techniques and their potential impact on wellbeing;

  • Look at ways to measure the wellbeing of staff;

  • Discuss tools and tips for managing workload;

  • Understand the role of leadership in supporting a whole school approach to staff wellbeing;

  • Create an action plan and environment where the wellbeing and mental health of all is supported effectively;

  • Leave the training with a toolkit to promote wellbeing for all.

Target audience

Aimed at whole school staff as well as anyone who is looking to implement and/or develop wellbeing in order to support staff, pupils and students. Ideal for school-based staff including teachers, head teachers, deputy headteacher, SENCO, special education teacher, school support staff, classroom assistant, teaching assistant, mental health lead, pastoral care staff and pastoral lead teacher.

Trainers for this course

Nina Jackson

Nina Jackson is someone who sees the bigger picture and, throughout a long and varied career, has been driven to bring the best out of all children regardless of the issues, challenges an...d special needs they bring to her classroom. Nina brings to her lessons not only high levels of creativity, innovation and professional rigour but also contagious passion which proves to be a winning formula wherever she works. Apart from her work in teaching, learning, thinking skills and technology for learning, her background in special needs and music has led her to devise specialist therapy programmes for schools. Nina also successfully supports mainstream teachers working with children with anger management issues, disaffection, poor motivation, behaviour and confidence.

Up until very recently, Nina was a director of learning in addition to directing a ‘more able and talented’ programme at a successful comprehensive in South Wales. Since these roles, Nina has developed an impressive career in teacher training in the UK and abroad. She has collaborated with Swansea Metropolitan University where she is a lecturer on the MA (Ed) programme, a senior professional tutor (ITET) and has supported the SARA (Schools Action Research Approach) project for the Education Support and Inspection Service in Wales. In 2004, Nina was the winner of the IPDA International Prize for Education and was described in the Times Educational Supplement as an “inspirational, evangelical preacher of education”. She is currently working on her second book – ‘Access All Areas’ – which focuses on helping schools ensure that all children have access to the full extent of what the curriculum has to offer.

See what others have to say about us

Don’t just take our word for it, visit our social media pages for live feedback.

“Wow, Nina was great. Wellbeing made simple and doable – just what I wanted. Will be booking this training for my whole school.”

“Very interactive and enjoyable. Not like some boring courses where you zone out! Also, inspiring content and lots of practical ideas.”

“I really needed this training today! It’s made me realise that I need to arrange this wellbeing training for my whole school staff. Thank you so much. I’ll be in touch.”


About the venue

Stay at home, get comfortable and enjoy our live interactive course via Zoom! You’ll receive the link a few days before the course date so you can get prepared (and excited) ahead of time.

Handy course logistics

  • The course will run via Zoom from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, however, the trainer will be available 15 minutes before and after the course times to answer any questions.
  • You’ll receive mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks to re-energise.
  • This course is designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussions throughout and we want you to be comfortable and stress-free no matter where you join us from!
  • Your course pack includes handouts, an M&S voucher for food, a snack, a pen and a notepad – we’ll send this to you before the day. Please note this is only for UK-based participants, international attendees will receive the pack via email.
  • Additional links and information will be emailed to you before and during the course.
  • This course is also available as an in-house / INSET training session at your school. Contact us for details.

In-House Training

In-House Training

We currently have no upcoming dates for this course - Please contact us for more information or if you would like this course delivered as in-house training.