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A word from Julian Stanley

Chief Executive - Education Support Partnership 

We are delighted to be the official charity partner of the inaugural Teacher Wellness Festival, known simply as TeachWellFest!

At Education Support Partnership we provide mental health and wellbeing support services to education staff and their organisations.Recent research that we commissioned found that over a third of school, FE and HE professionals expected to leave the sector by 2020. Whilst some will be retiring, many others are set to leave for less than positive reasons at a time when student numbers are increasing and recruiters are struggling to find trainees. We know that the risk of poor wellbeing amongst educators can be reduced through positive intervention. And that a thriving education system requires a healthy and resilient workforce. Learner attainment is dependent in part on the wellbeing and resilience of yourself and your colleagues and TeachWellFest presents an opportunity for all of us – newly qualified teachers and seasoned professionals alike - to network, share experiences, celebrate successes, practical top tips, and find solutions to the challenges that can sometimes arise in both the class and staffroom. I feel that this festival will empower everyone present to accentuate the positives of teaching and most importantly of all, to ensure health and wellbeing remains central to the education agenda.

If you are coming to TeachWellFest, please do come over and say hello and make sure you bring with you a programme and floorplan to show you where all the discussions and speakers will be on the day to ensure you get to meet as many as possible! There are some fantastic keynote speakers on the day including festival organiser Georgia Holleran, teacher and author Emma Kell, and of course, Vic Goddard, the Principle of Passmores Academy where this wonderful festival is taking place.

That’s why we are so pleased to be part of the first ever Teacher Wellness Festival and we very much look forward to meeting and engaging with teachers from schools, colleges and universities from across the UK. This is because we’re a people charity. Everything we do is focused upon improving the mental health and wellbeing of educators. We are positive advocates for the value of good mental health and wellbeing and we are looking forward to seeing our partnership with TeachWellFest really develop over the coming years and I look forward to meeting you all at the festival!

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