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The Big Book of Whole School Wellbeing

The Big Book of Whole School Wellbeing

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October 2021 | 240 pages | Corwin UK

Your essential guide to wellbeing in education. 

Despite many school leaders and teaching and non-teaching staff working hard to support children’s and their own wellbeing, more needs to be done. This book provides you with the necessary tools and strategies to navigate your way through the changing educational landscape and shape the schools of the future. Written by a diverse range of experts in the field, it explores how all school staff can support their own, their colleagues’ and their students’ wellbeing, how leaders can lead well and be well, and the importance of relationships within the entire school community to promote personal, academic and professional flourishing.

This book will make you think and take you out of your comfort zone. It will inspire discussions and support you - whatever your role in school is - to bring positive change to school policy and culture.

Kimberley Evans is an experience teacher and founder of Nourish the Workplace.
Thérèse Hoyle is an education consultant, leadership coach and trainer.
Frederika Roberts is a Positive Education advocate and former teacher.
Bukky Yusuf is a senior leader, science teacher and consultant.
Frederika Roberts
Chapter 1: Cultures and systems for whole school wellbeing
Anna Bateman
Chapter 2: Self-care for leaders - looking after your mental health
Stephen Waters
Chapter 3: The role of leadership in retaining early career teachers
Jane Bee and Ceri Stokes
Chapter 4: Staff safeguarding and supervision - lessons from COVID-19 and beyond
Bukky Yusuf
Chapter 5: How EdTech can help maintain our wellbeing
Maria Brosnan, Kimberley Evans and Thérèse Hoyle
Chapter 6: Self-care for busy educators - a practical guide
Jane Bee
Chapter 7: Wellbeing and safeguarding
Adele Bates and Mark Goodwin
Chapter 8: Getting back to great behaviour by building connections
Adele Bates
Chapter 9: LGBTQ+ Pupils, staff and wellbeing
Stephen Waters
Chapter 10: The water is draining away - burnout and retention
Alison Kriel
Chapter 11: How do we address wellbeing in a culture of assessment?
Stephen Waters
Chapter 12: The role of self-care in retaining Early Career Teachers
Becca Faal
Chapter 13: How to create resources for wellbeing activities with children and young people
Adele Bates
Chapter 14: Wellbeing - What SEMH Schools, PRUs and APs do really well, and how it can help all schools
Mark Goodwin
Chapter 15: Creating a new reality - making words matter
Frances Corcoran and Selena Whitehead
Chapter 16: Exploring character and supporting wellbeing with Frida Kahlo and Albert Einstein
Sue Roffey
Chapter 17: Social and Emotional Learning - Circle Solutions and ASPIRE
Sarah Brazenor
Chapter 18: Taking the stress out of exams for students
Sue Roffey
Chapter 19: Relationships and social capital
Kelly Hannaghan
Chapter 20: Purposeful parent engagement
Kimberley Evans
Chapter 21: Staff wellbeing - it's not just for teachers
Thérèse Hoyle
Chapter 22: Supporting happy, healthy playtimes - Playground Wellbeing Buddies
John Rees
Chapter 23: Driving pupil engagement through the PSHE and R(S) HE curricula
Collated by Kimberley Evans, with sections by Matthew Brooker and Chris Reddy
Chapter 24: A man in a woman's world
Alex Purdie
Chapter 25: Flying the flag! How to develop a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community
Collated by Kimberley Evans
Chapter 26: Wellbeing in a culturally diverse society
Elizabeth Wright
Chapter 27: Disability wellbeing - why inclusion matters for disabled children
Jen Beer
Chapter 28: Language and stigma around mental health
Holly Evans
Chapter 29: The education system and me
Anita Kate Garai
Chapter 30: You and Me (a poem)

An inspiring and comprehensive look at all aspects of wellbeing in schools. Thought provoking with many opportunities to step back and reflect, it is a resource that I wish I had had available as I embarked on my own leadership journey.

James Hilton
Speaker and author.

The big book of whole school wellbeing does exactly what it says on the
tin.  Written by experts from across the wellbeing spectrum, it leaves no
stone unturned in providing what is an incredibly valuable tool for school

Andy Mellor
National Wellbeing Director, Schools Advisory Service

This is exactly the book all educationalists need to read. Bringing together an amazing group of wellbeing experts, The Big Book of Whole School Wellbeing provides invaluable guidance at the time we need it most. As education looks to the future, here is a tool we can all use to lead well, educate well, learn well, engage well and include well.

Phillip Hedger
CEO, LEO Academy Trust

This book carefully brings together a wealth of practical information that can help you implement strategies and systems to create a whole school wellbeing culture.  The case studies and structure of the book allow you to use the book as a resource to support you on your journey. 

Dr Asha Patel
Clinical Psychologist and CEO at Innovating Minds

It has never been more important to focus on wellbeing as a fundamental part of a good education. This book combines the knowledge and experience of respected wellbeing experts in education and guides teachers and school leaders through how to embed wellbeing in a whole school culture and ethos. Highly recommended!

Adrian Bethune
Teacher, Author and Founder of Teachhappy

What a fabulous book! Wellbeing can often be misinterpreted, especially when considered within an educational setting, and this book rights that wrong. The balance of voices, the wealth of experience, the practical suggestions and the space for reflections make it an invaluable read for any school or educationalist considering wellbeing.

Toria Bono
Primary Teacher, Evidence Lead Educator, Founder of Tiny Voice Talks

This really is a big book. The structure of leading, educating, learning, engaging and including well is a simple yet reflective take on wellbeing. You can make a difference for your stakeholders’ wellbeing by kicking tokenistic approaches into touch so wellbeing becomes a genuine focus seen and felt in day-to-day actions. Hope your CPD library has a big space!

Vivienne Porritt
Leadership Consultant, Strategic Leader of WomenEd and Vice President of Chartered College of Teaching

Exploring wellbeing from many perspectives, and why that matters for everyone, across the differing roles within education. The importance of early support, the focus on everyone in the space having time for reflection, that social and emotional learning is key to supporting holistic education and that positive human relationships underpin success. Loved the chapter on AP!

Elly Chapple
Founder #FlipTheNarrative and

The Big Book of Whole School Wellbeing is a rich resource for educators, school leaders and anyone with an interest in the promotion of wellbeing in educational settings. Capturing a diverse range of voices and representing a wealth of experience and perspectives, this book provides practical advice for enabling whole-school wellbeing.

Rhiannon McGee
Director of Student Engagement and Experience, Geelong Grammar School, Australia

This rich and fascinating book sheds multiple authentic, passionate, experienced and wise perspectives on wellbeing in schools. It is chock-full of practical ideas, pertinent research and first-hand insights which will benefit all members of the school community. Its content is urgently needed and should take pride of place on the bookshelf of every staffroom.

Dr Emma Kell
Teacher, writer, coach

Kimberley Evans

Kimberley Evans is an experienced teacher, higher level teaching assistant and heritage educator. After seeing so many people leave education due to unhappiness and workloads, she set up ‘Nourish the Workplace’ to make a difference to the profession she loves. Nourish the Workplace gives schools the tools they need to prioritise and celebrate staff wellbeing. It gives every member of staff a voice and helps the school recognise their staff and their particular needs. Kimberley has worked with every type of school - primary, secondary, private, PRU and international - giving her a unique view of staff wellbeing from the ground up. She... More About Author

Thérèse Hoyle

Thérèse Hoyle has a passion for creating positive and harmonious school cultures.  For 20 years (and counting) she has worked as an education consultant, leadership coach and trainer with over 500 schools and organisations nationally and internationally. She advises schools and school staff on positive behaviour management; creating positive playtimes; social, emotional and mental health needs of children; staff wellbeing; coaching and leadership and is an adviser with Optimus Education on their Wellbeing Award for Schools. Her books include 101 Playground Games 2nd edition (2021) and 101 Wet Playtime Games and Activities (2009) and... More About Author

Frederika Roberts

Positive Education advocate and former teacher Frederika Roberts has extensive experience in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, staff, and parents / carers through her speaking, training and consultancy work.   She holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and is undertaking a Doctorate in Education with a research focus on whole school wellbeing, based on the model of whole school positive education she developed during her Master’s degree.  She is the author of Recipe for Happiness (2013) and For Flourishing’s Sake (2020) and co-author of Character Toolkit for Teachers (2018) and the... More About Author

Bukky Yusuf

Bukky Yusuf is a senior leader, science teacher and consultant. She has undertaken a number of leadership roles within mainstream and special school settings, centering around professional development programmes, quality first teaching and learning and effective implementations of Educational Technology. In 2019, Bukky was appointed by the UK Department of Education as co-chair for the EdTech Leadership Group.  As part of her commitment, as a qualified coach, to increase diverse leadership within education, she participates in a number of grassroots educational initiatives and organisations. These include her roles as an ambassador... More About Author

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