Teacher Wellbeing Programme

Course Location


Next start date

TBC(course underway)

Session timings

Twilights (+ weekend retreat)


Fully funded

Course Leader

Jacynth Bennett

Course Length

9 months

Study Mode

In-person and virtual

Application Window

Currently closed

*Participants must be able to attend  twilights in Central London every two months (17.15 start)


Teaching is an incredibly demanding profession and making sure we look after our wellbeing doesn’t just benefit us personally – it’s also great for our teaching and the young people we teach.

At the Institute for Teaching we’ve designed a fully funded, research-informed programme to help teachers to develop a toolbox of strategies and resources to support themselves in their work, and to deepen their understanding of the psychology behind wellbeing.

As the new school year begins, we’re excited to be reaching out to NQTs and teachers in the first five years of their careers in and around London for the second time through this programme – supported by our partners at Big Change. As well as helping the teachers we work with directly, our wellbeing programme will also help to inform further research into supporting teacher wellbeing.

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In partnership with...

Thanks to our partners at Big Change, our Teacher Wellbeing Programme is fully funded (excluding travel costs to weekend retreat and twilight sessions)!

We’re also pleased to be working with experts at the Mindfulness in Schools Project to deliver an incorporated eight-week mindfulness course as part of this programme.

Course overview

What is Wellbeing?

We’ll kick off the course by exploring what we mean by Wellbeing, and how it’s linked to our emotional, physical and pschological resources and demands.

How to make the most of rest & recovery time

Getting the most out of our down-time is important – whether that’s a 5 min break or a two week holiday. We’ll look at what the evidence says on how to make sure our rest & recovery time prepares us for new challenges.

The psychology of habit-building

Habits can be very detrimental to our wellbeing; on this course we’ll look at turning the tables, and using our knowledge of psychology to harness the power of habits to automate supportive behaviours into our daily lives.

Emotion regulation to transform experiences

Emotion regulation is an area of increasing interest to psychologists, both within the field of teaching and more broadly. We’ll explore why it’s relevant to teachers, and  how we might practically apply the science to support our wellbeing.

An introduction to Mindfulness

In addition to regular twilight sessions with co-participants and course leaders, participants are invited to join an eight week online mindfulness course, run by our partners at the Mindfulness in Schools Project.

A supportive network of peers

Our Wellbeing Programme connects teachers to a network of like-minded peers to share experiences and support one another both during and after the programme ends.

“I’m so grateful to have been part of this course, especially at the beginning of my journey as a teacher, I feel that it’s given me the tools I need to manage my stress and emotions, and that I will have a better and longer career as a teacher because of it.”

– Participant, Cohort 1 (2017)

Course structure

Our Wellbeing Programme is specifically designed to fit around the busy lives of teachers. We’ll get started with a weekend retreat to a rural location near London, where we’ll introduce the key principles of the course, get to know each other, and enjoy some wellbeing related treats too!

We’ll share out learning, and develop our personal approaches to wellbeing through a series of short, monthly in-person/virtual twilights (see dates below), an eight-week online mindfulness course, and regular contact between course leaders and co-participants.

**Session dates & times

Programme launch weekend retreat: 25/10/18–27/10/18

In-person twilights (Central London, 5.15-6.30pm): 13/11/18, 15/01/19, 05/03/19, 07/04/19, 08/07/19

Virtual twilights: 03/12/18, 04/02/19, 25/03/19, 03/06/19

Who should do this course?

This programme is for you if you are:

  • Teaching in/around London

  • NQT/In the first 5 years of your career

  • Committed & able to dedicate your time, inc. at the launch retreat and (virtual/in-person) twilight sessions**

  • Open to trying new things (like mindfulness!)

Want to find out more?

Email [email protected] and we will get right back to you.