The COVID-19 pandemic has placed the issue of mental health and wellbeing at the forefront of schools. But it’s a subject that’s been of concern for some time, and will continue to be long after the effects of the pandemic end.

School governors have a role to play in mitigating the effects of work stress on teachers and school staff. Through supporting and challenging the school leadership team, governors can help make sure policies are in place to protect school staff’s mental health and wellbeing, at a time when it’s needed more than ever.

Given the current situation with the pandemic, improving mental health and wellbeing in schools may feel like a daunting proposition. But, as the Wellbeing Governors campaign has shown so far, keeping mental health and wellbeing on the agenda all year round is key to a mentally healthy school, both for pupils and staff alike. Making mental health and wellbeing part of the school culture brings other net positive effects – pupils learn more effectively, and teacher retention is improved, amongst an array of other benefits.

As part of the campaign, we’ll share resources throughout the term to help governors in their role. The articles, blogs, and questions we’ve created are relevant for both link governors for wellbeing, and the wider board. Their aim is to give governors guidance around the kinds of questions they should be asking, what they should be measuring, and how to monitor information, so that mental health and wellbeing remains a regular item on meeting agendas.

We’re working with a number of organisations including WelbeeWhat Works Wellbeing, and Education Support, who have expert knowledge around supporting school staff’s mental health and wellbeing.

How and why should school governors support staff mental health and wellbeing? 

Hear from a group of thought leaders in the space at our first webinar of the term, about how and why school governors should support staff mental health and wellbeing. Panellists include:

  • Linda Unternahrer – Senior Content Editor, The Key for School Governors
  • Sinead Mc Brearty – CEO of Education Support
  • Mark Solomons – CEO of Welbee and experienced school governor
  • Michael Eggleton – Headteacher, Charles Dickens Primary School & Nursery
  • Hannah Stolton – CEO of Governors for Schools, webinar host

Register your place for the webinar on 28th January 2021.

Become a wellbeing link governor 

If you can champion mental health and wellbeing in schools, apply to become a governor and we’ll match you with a school in need.

 Access wellbeing resources 

For existing governors who want to learn more about supporting mental health and wellbeing provision for teachers and school staff, visit our resources page.