How to Look After an ECTs Well-Being

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As a new teacher, the workload can feel daunting. There are many things to think about, and knowing where to start is hard. This blog post will discuss how schools can help teachers manage their workload and look after their well-being. We will also provide some tips for teachers on how to take care of themselves to stay healthy and happy!

Give Your ECTs Time Off

Teachers are some of the most hard-working and dedicated professionals out there. They spend countless hours preparing lessons, grading papers, and meeting with parents. And yet, despite all their efforts, they are often underpaid and underappreciated. One way to show your teachers how much you appreciate them is to give them time off – even if it’s just a few hours a term.

This will allow them to relax and recharge to return to the classroom refreshed and ready to teach. And who knows? Maybe they’ll even use their free time to develop new and exciting lesson plans. So next time you feel overwhelmed by schoolwork, take a break and give your teachers a break too. It’s the least you can do to show them how much you appreciate all they do for you.

Understand The Stressors For ECTs

As any teacher knows, the first few years on the job can be highly stressful. Not only are you trying to master the material and learn the ropes of your new profession, but you are also under pressure to perform well in the classroom. In addition, you may feel like your superiors, and your students are constantly evaluating you. All of this can add up to a lot of stress.

To make matters worse, new teachers often have a shortage of support and resources. This can make it difficult to get help when you need it, leading to even more stress. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to manage the stress of early career teaching.

First, develop a robust support system of friends, family, and colleagues. Second, take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. And finally, remember that it takes time to adjust to your new career. If you can keep these things in mind, you will be better able to cope with the stressors of early career teaching.

Offer Emotional Support To ECTs

Teaching can be a very rewarding profession, but it can also be highly challenging. Early career teachers often face many challenges adjusting to the job demands.

They may feel isolated and alone and can quickly become overwhelmed. It is important to offer emotional support to ECTs and let them know they are not alone. Many sources of support are available, including online forums, support groups, and mentors.

As an emotional support system, these resources can help early career teachers navigate the profession’s challenges and succeed in their careers.

Advocate For Their Well-Being In Your school community.

As a teacher, you can advocate for your student’s well-being. You can help create a school environment conducive to learning and healthy development by promoting positive social and emotional skills. You can also Model respectful, supportive relationships with your colleagues and students.

In addition, you can Help students identify and develop their strengths and resilience. When students feel supported and valued, they are more likely to thrive in school and beyond. As an advocate for your student’s well-being, you can make a lasting difference in their lives.

Help ECTs Maintain A Work/life Balance

A work/life balance is crucial for a happy and healthy life. For many, this means taking time out for family, friends, and leisure activities. However, maintaining a work/life balance can be difficult, especially for those with demanding jobs. One way to help your employees maintain a work/life balance is to encourage them to take breaks during the day.

This can mean taking a few minutes to step outside for some fresh air or going for a short walk. It can also mean taking a few minutes to eat lunch away from their desk. Encouraging your employees to take breaks will help them maintain a work/life balance and improve their productivity and focus when they return to work.

Encourage ECTs To Seek Help If They Are Struggling Emotionally.

Teaching is one of the most demanding and emotionally draining professions out there. Every day, teachers face the challenges of managing their own emotions while also trying to support and nurture the emotional well-being of their students. It can be a difficult balance to strike, and it’s not unusual for teachers to feel overwhelmed at times.

Early career teachers are especially vulnerable to emotional burnout, as they may not have had the time or opportunity to develop self-care routines or build a support network. That’s why it’s so crucial for early career teachers to seek help if they are struggling emotionally. Many sources of support are available, including counselling services, employee assistance programs, and peer support groups. Taking advantage of these resources can help teachers to stay healthy and motivated in their careers.

Early career teachers have a lot of stressors. As a more experienced teacher, you can help by offering emotional support, advocating for their well-being, helping them maintain a work/life balance, and encouraging them to seek help if they struggle emotionally. These things will go a long way in helping early career teachers be successful in the classroom.


Q: What are some ways to offer emotional support to ECTs?

A: Emotional support for early career teachers can come in many forms. Consider setting up an online forum or support group, offering mentorship opportunities, fostering a positive school environment that promotes social and emotional skills, and modelling respectful relationships with colleagues and students.

Q: How can I help ECTs maintain a work/life balance?

A: Encouraging early career teachers to take regular breaks throughout the day is a great way to help them maintain a work/life balance. This could include taking time for fresh air, going for a short walk, or eating lunch away from their desks. These small breaks can help to boost productivity and focus once the teacher returns to work.

Q: What resources are available for ECTs who are struggling emotionally?

A: There are many sources of support available for early career teachers who may be struggling emotionally, including counselling services, employee assistance programs, and peer support groups. Taking advantage of these resources can help early career teachers to stay healthy and motivated in their careers.

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.

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