All About the People Ltd
All About the People Ltd
All About the People Ltd


Does Teacher Counselling Help?

Teacher Counselling…is it for you?

It’s that time of year again – time for exams and all the stress that it brings for pupils and teachers alike. So it was interesting to hear in the news last week about Headteacher Jill Wood from Little London Primary School in Leeds who banned her pupil’s from taking Sats exams in order to help their emotional wellbeing and ease stress levels for pupils and teachers.

According to a recent survey of 3,500 members of the NASUWT teaching union, stress levels among teachers in England’s classrooms are soaring and more than two-thirds of respondents considered quitting the profession in the past year due to the pressure of the job, and the ever changing expectations of the system.

teacher stressWorkload was the top concern, with 89% citing this as a problem, followed by pay (45%), inspection (44%), curriculum reform (42%) and pupil behaviour (40%). In addition:

• 83% had reported workplace stress

• 67% said their job has adversely impacted their mental or physical health

• Almost half of the three thousand respondents reported they had seen a doctor because of work-related mental or physical health problems

• 5% had been hospitalised, and

• 2% said they had self-harmed

Counselling for stress

So what’s the solution? Can counselling help? Of course it can. Ensuring that teachers have access to the necessary help and support is key.

When we experience difficulties in life, whether its work related or personal, the impact on an individual’s wellbeing can ripple out to all areas of their life and cause many distressing symptoms.

All About People work with schools and teachers to provide counselling support. Some of the most common issues discussed are absence from work, anxiety, ill health, and a general feeling of not coping.

Talking openly and honestly to a counsellor about these difficulties does a number of things. Firstly, it helps you to move towards some workable solutions to your problems, thereby reducing the distress caused by the problems. And secondly it gives you a sense that you are not alone with your issues, often providing clarity about what is going on and an opportunity to talk things through rationally with someone not directly involved, which can lead to a greater acceptance of yourself.

Encouraging and positive results

Overall, learning to talk through problems with a Counsellor can help you to develop the skills and confidence to open up to others in your life and develop better relationships. Recent evaluations of school-based counselling services from across the UK have shown that it is consistently associated with large positive benefits. Teachers and head teachers said that they felt “very positive about the counselling being provided.” And they also reported that

“The instant comfort of being able to freely discuss any issues you may have and develop skills for managing problems has led to an increase in confidence and self-awareness, meaning that I am now ready to return to work.”

Achieve personal well-being

All About People are accredited members of the professional counselling association BACP, and are committed to helping people to achieve psychological, professional and personal well-being in a school environment. The team of qualified Cunsellors/Psychotherapists, use a broad collection of skills, knowledge, and expertise to deliver bespoke counselling and mediation support on both a one-to-one and team basis. These accessible sessions, which can take place by phone in the individuals own home or at the school for group work are designed to equip individuals and groups of people with the right tools and training to enable them to move forwards in a positive way.”

If you would like to find out more about the way we work, or would like to arrange a telephone or face to face appointment, please call or email the office and we will be happy to arrange an initial no obligation chat with you.

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