NAHT Cymru

 

'Collaborative Approaches'

In 2018, NAHT Cymru undertook a small pilot investigating the mental health and wellbeing of Head Teachers. This project was facilitated by RCPsych Wales recruitment lead, Dr Ceri Evans and Prof Andy McCann (Manchester University).

 

A range of metrics used, including the use of heart rate variability monitors, with a volunteer group of a dozen Head Teachers. The monitors were worn 24 hours a day, for five working days and the results, whilst unsurprising, were very concerning.

As a group the results were as follows:

  • The significant physiological ‘state’ during the day, for the most significant number of days, was ‘overload’
  • Across the group for the days measured, stress response recovery during the day is poor to that which is recommended
  • Across the group for the days measured, physical activity is moderate to that which is recommended for health effects
  • Across the group for the days measured, sleep recovery is poor to that which is recommended
In response, Rob Williams said,

"As an organisation, NAHT Cymru is keen to work with policy makers, wider stakeholders and across sectors in order to support the mental health and wellbeing of all staff working with children and young people. Without ensuring we support the mental health and wellbeing of our most precious resource – our staff - how can we expect to effectively do the same for our children and young people?"