As a teacher, you are trained to focus entirely on the needs of your pupils and, since the teaching profession attracts people who give their time generously, teachers can easily forget their own needs, explained Kathryn. Ironically, this self-sacrificing approach does not necessarily help pupils. If you do not hospitalise yourself from exhaustion, like Kathryn during her induction year, leaving her feeling guilty for letting down her pupils, self-sacrifice provides a poor example for the young people you teach.
Next, the room heard a video message from Teacher Support Network Chief Executive Julian Stanley before Head of Marketing and Communications Jason Harrison took to the stage to explain why teacher wellbeing is important. If he has bad day, he said, three or four people at the office might be affected. If a teacher has the same bad time, the effects could be felt by dozens of young people. It could also affect their results.
Teacher Support Network has more than one reason to be hugely grateful to Kathryn and her team and to support her in launching her book. Not only does her message ‘every teacher matters’ chime perfectly with the organisation’s vision for a happy, healthy workforce, but a portion of the proceeds goes directly to our charity group, allowing more teachers to access our vital support services.
Read Kathryn’s remarkable story and her unique insights on teacher wellbeing. Every Teacher Matters is on sale now at Amazon.