It is the duty of all staff within education to protect and promote the wellbeing of their students, but what about the staff themselves?

Head teachers and their staff teams are under increasing pressure to perform at a higher academic level, with fewer resources.  As the academic pressure increases, there is less time in schools for creativity, social interaction and reflection. With increasing numbers of experienced teachers leaving the profession, or leaving to work abroad it is evident that stress and anxiety evels within staff teams are rising.

This course will enable you to understand what stress is and how you can implement stress-management strategies into your everyday life. You'll also learn how to recognise common patterns and find ways to limit the damaging effects that stress can have on your health.

Aims and outcomes

  • Learn how the brain processes thoughts and fear and how stress can impede this process.
  • Explore ways of recognising and reducing stress through altering mindset.
  • Identify and reflect on ways to assimilate a positive mindset into your professional practice.
  • Learn how stress hormones affect the body and mind and identify preventative methods.
  • Consider key stressors within the profession and identify ways to reduce stress in these areas.
  • This course looks at your work–life balance, the difference between short- and long-term stress, developing a positive mindset and practical tips on reducing stress.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Understanding the brain
  • Unit 2: Stress and mindset
  • Unit 3: Stress and the body
  • Unit 4: Taking action against stress


Julia Seymore is the founding clinical hypnotherapist at Oxford Family Hypnotherapy, working with adults and children. She started her career as a teacher specialising in challenging behaviour. Since then Julia has developed PSHE materials and...