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Exploring Education and Wellbeing, with #Teacher5adayslowchat

People's happiness and wellbeing depends in part on the health of the communities in which they live and work, and our education systems form a vital part of these communities. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are running a series on education and wellbeing this week, beginning 29th August, to explore the connections between wellbeing and education. As part of this series, we are also partnering with #teacher5adayslowchat – an active online discussion about teacher wellbeing.  

What is #teacher5adayslowchat?

Teachers, and also all those interested in wellbeing and education, should check out #teacher5adayslowchat this week! It's an online discussion taking place on Twitter, offering people a space to share views, ideas and evidence on how they implement wellbeing in their lives and work.

The concept for this online discussion was partly inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation (nef) as a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives to support wellbeing. They are meant to offer a suggested 'five a day' for wellbeing, in the same way that we are encouraged to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. 

Each day of #teacher5adayslowchat will be led by a different person engaged in wellbeing and education, and discussions will be based around specific questions (such as the questions shared just below). You can read about the content and questions planned for each day as follows: 

You can participate in the active online discussions on this topic in week beginning Monday 29th August, using the hash tag #teacher5adayslowchat on Twitter. Full details of content to expect can be found here.

Other exciting content to look forward to this week

To further explore the topic of wellbeing and education this week, we will be sharing some new guest blog posts from:

  • Sue Roffey: Psychologist, academic, author, activist and speaker, who has worked extensively on wellbeing in education. 
  • How to Thrive: Specialists in practical resilience training in schools.  
  • Sam Wernham: Engaged in creating learning communities, via projects like River Dart Wild Church.

The blog posts we publish will share a diversity of viewpoints and perspectives. The intention of this series is not necessarily to share NOW's perspective, but to create a space to explore different perspectives on the connections between wellbeing and education, to contribute towards a wider discussions on this topic, and to hopefully inspire positive actions. 

Get involved!

There are lots of ways for you to get involved in this series on education and wellbeing: 

  • Find out more about the plans for #teacher5adayslowchat here;
  • Get in touch with comments or suggestions on education and wellbeing;
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates;  
  • Share your reflections on the topics raised in this post in the comments section below;
  • Keep an eye out on our blog in the week beginning 29th August for more content exploring the connection between wellbeing and education.

Credits for images shared in this post: Image 1 and 2 via Martyn Reah. Image 2 via Chris Jones

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