While I was working as a supply teacher on and off for 10 years I noticed that as time went on teachers were going off sick for longer periods of time and with more serious conditions. There were also more problems with recruiting and retaining staff and teachers leaving midway through the academic year. A report by BBC News shows that on average each school spends £168 a year on each pupil for extra staffing. The NAHT reports schools are spending thousands of pounds to agencies on recruiting new teachers.
However it is not all doom and gloom. Investing in your staff's well being will pay for itself many times over. A school in London invested in coaching for their staff and not one teacher resigned last year. Another in Bristol created a coaching culture and their last two OFSTED inspections have been outstanding.
Last year I was running a workshop in a school and teachers reported back that using a technique I taught they were sleeping better. So even if one member of staff has a better night's sleep and has one fewer day off sick our mindfulness course has paid for itself.
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