Blog: Pause for thought

September 2020

As a Nation we have all been working tirelessly to protect our NHS staff during the Covid pandemic, but have any of us stopped and thought about our teachers in a similar way?

Picture the scenario. Your child returns home from school, moans about a teacher, or tells a story about an incident during their day and we parents have jumped straight on to our keyboards and sent an email, without a second thought about the time of day we are sending emails, the negative feelings that we might be causing or the expectations that we have of an immediate response.

The arrival of Covid and living through a pandemic has taught us all many things, and for many of us has made us re -evaluate what really matters and what we can live without. However, sadly It has also brought with it added stresses to our already overloaded teachers.

In the chaos that often ensues at the end of the school day and early evening, it is somewhat easy to forget what teachers have encountered during the hours that they are looking after and educating our children.

It is easy to forget that our children’s teachers are human beings. Like many of us, they too have anxieties, not only about keeping our children safe during the day, but regarding their families and themselves too.  We are all living in a new world where things are changing constantly, and we are all having to adapt to new ‘rules and regulations’ without much notice whilst continuing to teach the curriculum in the most effective way possible.

Whilst typing this blog, I am reminded of a recent picture that appeared in the press. A teacher depicted wearing multiple hats with numerous hands extruding from parts of their body, wrapped in a superhero cape. Life is like being on a rollercoaster, where the teaching world is experiencing a bumpy ride.

Maybe we should all remember that the ride is bumpy for everyone, and that we all need to try to pause just before we jump on that keyboard or pick up the phone to complain to our schools. We clapped for the NHS, have we ever thought of showing our schools the same support?

Sarah Jacobs, PaJeS Wellbeing Practioner