Major Jim Crompton, chair of the SET Management Board (SMB), and Dr Barbara Van der Eecken, vice chair of the SMB, addressed delegates at the SET Conference in Birmingham in November. Full story opposite and see our Conference Special report on pages 24-27.

Wellbeing survey questions over 1,000 SET members

By Staff Reporter Good working relationships with colleagues, opportunities for professional development and success for students are three key factors contributing to a sense of wellbeing for teachers and trainers, according to a survey of SET members. Being recognised and

appreciated, having professional autonomy within a supportive organisation and having a good manager were also cited as having a positive impact, according to the survey of more than 1,000 SET members carried out in April and May this year. The survey, commissioned by the

Education and Training Foundation (ETF), incorporated the use of


the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) – a scale of 14 positively-worded items for assessing a population’s mental wellbeing. It found that the overall wellbeing score for FE teachers and trainers (46.02) aligned with that of school teachers. However both groups of teachers scored lower than the population generally (England was 49.85). Graded lesson observations, a lack of autonomy/trust, a lack of flexible working opportunities, issues during enrolment and poor decision-making and/or practice by management, were among the top factors reported as having a negative impact on members’ wellbeing. Starting out as a newly qualified

teacher and experiencing a change of role were identified as particular career pressure points in terms of having a potentially negative impact on staff wellbeing. Teresa Carroll, the ETF’s head of wellbeing and social inclusion, said: “The findings from our SET members give us a wealth of valuable data. It is clear, for example, that people working in the post-14 sector receive a great deal of satisfaction from the work they do and enjoy working with their colleagues. “It’s important that we look after teachers and trainers in our sector. We need to make sure that they are supported at ‘pinch points’ during their career, and that leadership and management have the skills to ensure that the workforce is able to flourish.” The results of the survey are due

to be published in early 2020. For more information visit the ETF’s website

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