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During Mental Health Awareness Week the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is urging policy makers to introduce mental health training for teachers.
Schools and academies across the length and breadth of the country are full of staff battling stress and anxiety, leading one Trust to explore an innovative solution to the problem.
Leigh Academies Trust in Dartford decided to look at ways to combat stress in school staff by using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) with the use of an Alpha-Stim Device.
Last school year, heavy teacher workload was a highly debated subject and proved to have negative effects on both motivation and well-being.
This was affirmed in our latest piece of international research, which found that three quarters of UK teachers are stressed by the large amount of workload and admin they have to bear. It also told us that the implications of this could lead to devastating consequences for schools, as almost half of teachers are considering leaving their profession as a result.
GCSE and A Level students are escaping the stress during exam season armed with felt tips, pencils and crayons. Alder Grange School have introduced colouring in sessions to help students combat stress and wind down from their exams.
Plenty has been written about the horrors of homework. A negative impact on leisure time is high on the list of concerns, as is an uneven playing field, where some students benefit from more parental help or access to learning resources than others.
Many students also find the marking process problematic as they are often left with little or no feedback on their work, or get a mark they don’t fully understand. But homework can no longer be seen a much maligned ‘add on’ to the school day.
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