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NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

14th December 2020

AcSEED Newsletter for December 2020

NEWS: On-line Wellbeing Support

11th December 2020

Kooth: An on-line Mental Health Support Platform

NEWS: Mental Health in Schools Conference

11th November 2020

Report from the Westminster Insight conference on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

NEWS: Fairfield Road Accreditation

20th October 2020

Fairfield Road Primary School receive AcSEED Award

NEWS: Newport Girls' get AcSEED Award

31st August 2020

Congratulations to Newport Girls' High School in Shropshire ...

NEWS: First AcSEED Wellbeing Centre

25th June 2019

Trinity School and College opens the first AcSEED Wellbeing Centre

The Role of Teachers in Emotional Wellbeing

Teachers have a vital role to play in influencing student wellbeing and mental health. Although it may not always appear so, students look up to their teachers and need to see positive role models. In some cases a student may develop a strong relationship with a specific teacher based on respect, trust and honesty.

As a teacher it is important to look after your own health and wellbeing. Neglecting this will have a negative impact on the young people in your care.

Ensure that all students know that you will support them as individuals ... this is vitally important as much of teaching is aimed at whole groups of pupils. Remind students that you are there if they need someone to talk with, and provide information about outside support organisations. If a young person asks to talk with you at an inconvenient time, assure them that you are very interested in what they have to say but could they come back at ... (give an exact time).

If a young person discloses something they will not usually expect you to have all the answers or act as their therapist. Merely being there and listening can be a huge help to the student. You should never promise to keep everything a student says confidential, nevertheless if you find yourself in a situation where you need to break confidentiality then first try to gain the young person's cooperation. Always remind students of confidentially procedures before they disclose any significant information. If you conclude that certain information needs to be shared with other people, always inform the student exactly who you are going to tell and why as this may help to reduce their fear and anxieties.

If you have concerns about the emotional health of a student then share these concerns with them, but never force or pressurise them to talk if they do not wish to do so. Where appropriate you may need to share your concerns with the year head or child protection officer.

As a teacher you have a pivotal role in inspiring the next generation of citizens. Use this honour wisely and influence young lives for the better.