Study type: 
Self study

Understanding Stress and How to Manage It

This course will enable you to understand what stress is, help you to implement effective strategies into your every day life, will enable you to recognise common patterns and limit the damaging effects of stress in your work and on your health.

How to use this course

This self-study course has four units. Each unit will take approximaltely 40 minutes to complete. If you are interested in a group study course that you can download to deliver to your staffing team then please visit our Staff Well-being Course here

It is the duty of all staff within education to protect and promote the well-being 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 levels within staff teams are rising.

Newly-qualified teachers are unused to the high levels of pressure in the profession and they receive very little information about pupils’ emotional well-being and even less about their own. Schools have begun to spend funds on staff well-being but taking time out of school to attend specific training courses is becoming less viable, with rising costs of supply cover and the feeling that time away from school is increasingly difficult.

This training will help participants to:

  • 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 map

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This course was written by Julia Watson, a classroom teacher for over 20 years and holds the unusual accolade of working as a teacher in both Secondary and Primary education, and then as Head of PSHE and Emotional Literacy at a Pupil Referral Unit. Julia is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, specialising in the treatment of anxiety and depression in adults and children.

Julia retrained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist partly in response to rising levels of anxiety within the teaching profession. Her understanding of neuroscience, coupled with her extensive understanding of the entire learner journey, gives her a unique and revolutionary perspective on staff and pupil wellbeing. Julia is also an adviser for the Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools.