Coaching & Leadership Development
Why Well-being is NOT a Side Issue in School Performance!

Why Well-being is NOT a Side Issue in School Performance!

    Increasingly the well-being of pupils is being given greater priority in our schools. With a growing number of teachers and school leaders recognising that investing in the well-being of our pupils can help secure a positive return on their attainment and, in turn, school performance.   This has in part been driven by numerous studies – not least by Public Health England in a 2014 report, which found that “pupils with better emotional well-being at age seven had a value-added key stage 2 score 2.46 points higher (equivalent to more than one term’s progress) than pupils with poorer emotional well-being”. Meanwhile, successfully attaining GCSEs (five or more A*-C) was shown to be strongly correlated with higher levels of life satisfaction amongst young people.   Whilst the findings of such reports have been widely accepted by schools, I can’t help but wonder why the fundamentals of well-being are so rarely considered when it comes to those who are responsible for teaching and leading our children.   Why the duty of care that we show towards our children is not extended as comprehensively as it should be towards our teachers and school leaders?   What we are neglecting to see, is that the capacity that educators have for bringing out the best in our children, cannot be sustained if their well-being is not made a priority. High levels of performance can only be maintained when our teachers and school leaders are given professional development opportunities that help them to:   – Deepen their self-understanding – Develop their emotional resources – Sustain a sense of purpose and vocation – Achieve greater...