Therapeutic services are being offered to staff at one multi-trust academy to better manage workplace stress, Schools Week reports.
Speaking at the WomenEd unconference event in London, Sarah Hardy, executive head of the TBAP Teaching School Alliance, explained how the programme, which began in September, benefits staff.
“If we are healthy and emotionally resilient then that’s the best thing for helping our children, because we are modelling that behaviour ourselves and can pass on those skills,” she said.
The TBAP multi academy trust, which was established in 2013 to provide alternative education in west London, purchased therapeutic services for its students from third party providers, including the local authority.
It brought the specialists in-house from September last year.
“They are co-located within our schools, they are part of our staff team and are involved in our training and CPD,” she said.
“This integration allowed support services to be extended to staff through a “staff supervision programme”, to help them to manage challenging situations with students. At the moment the programme is quite leadership-led, it’s delivered where the head of school or executive head has identified something that needs a supportive response,” Hardy added.
She added that bringing the services in-house had given the specialists a clearer understanding of the demands of the alternative provision sector.
Support is available for a variety of situations, including domestic violence in a staff member’s personal life or a traumatic child protection issue at school.
Hardy discussed the new approach in a session on leadership entitled “Can I lead without compromising myself?” at the WomenEd event in Regent High School, central London.
She said she hoped it would encourage attendees to “reflect on what they are and aren’t prepared to accept in their leadership journey” and “become more self-aware”.