Support For Teachers: Do We Need More?

Support For Teachers: Do We Need More?

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The leader of a headteachers’ union has suggested that teachers may need more help and support. Specifically for dealing with ‘disturbing news’ about vulnerable families. Read on to find out the latest!

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Judy Shaw, president of the NAHT has said that teachers may need more supervision and support to help deal with their experiences of “being on the frontline”, and hearing “disturbing news” from pupils and their families. She explained that teachers who have good relationships with students were often the first to hear about problems at home. This could included such things as domestic violence and drug abuse.

What Was Said About More Support For Teachers?

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She continued by saying teachers could benefit from similar levels of support provided to social workers, paramedics and mental health professionals. When talking specifically about primary school teachers, Ms Shaw said:

Primary schools are incredibly approachable places in the heart of their communities, and they [parents] come into school and they tell you things, and the children tell you things.

If you’re a good teacher, you’ve got a strong professional relationship with pupils and their families, they often want to speak to you first – whether it’s about an older sibling who’s gone off the rails, or drug abuse, or you might be the one who somebody discloses information about domestic violence to.

Of course, you take it home with you, but where does our remit stop? If you’re receiving quite disturbing news, is there any training for teachers? Is there a growing need for ‘supervision’ as in the term that social work uses?

More Help

The Education Support Partnership focuses on teacher wellbeing. It is currently developing a supervision framework to assist teachers who “carry an unusual emotional load”. This includes teachers working with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), designated safeguarding leads and new heads. The charity’s chief exec Sinéad Mc Brearty said:

Supervision has been successfully embedded for a long time in other public sector roles that are consistently required to deal with difficult and often distressing situations.

Working in a classroom and school can expose staff to similar levels of emotional distress to areas such social work, and regularly experiencing these types of events can have severe emotional and psychological consequences if not effectively supported.

Have you across any instances where you could’ve used extra support? Does this proposal seem like it would make a difference to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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