Do you run an educational facility? Are you a teacher yourself? Here are the details on three training courses you absolutely cannot be without.

Becoming a teacher is hard work. You spend years studying to instruct children, then years studying your subject. If you are a secondary school teacher, you might even need extra study just to achieve your goals – even more so if you work in a college or university. Once you graduate, you do probationary years, and only once those are complete do you earn the basic salary. Even afterwards, you still have to refresh your training at regular intervals to stay at the top of your field.

Those few teachers who make a lifelong career of it without reaching burnout by 30, are the same teachers who will find themselves in need of added support throughout their careers. What if we told you that there are ways to teach your educators how to look after themselves to prevent early burnout and high staff turnover? There is, and we have detailed it below.

The 3 Training Courses Teachers Can’t Work Without

Here are three types of Education Training that your teaching staff shouldn’t be without.

1 – Safeguarding Training

One of the biggest needs of modern society is to protect the vulnerable. With so many mental health issues, learning disorders, and illnesses now recognised in childcare and education, we have no excuses for not protecting the most vulnerable among us. A teacher’s first duty should always be to protect the students in their care. This is true whether those students are children or adults. A teacher is in the unique position where they might spot maltreatment of their students. They can spot neglect or potential abuse. They can report suspicious things the child has said which seem dangerous.

The problem with this is that teachers get safeguarding training at the outset of their career. Even though the UK gov has specific advice for safeguarding in schools, not all schools keep on top of it. Each school ought to have a safeguarding lead, who schedules new courses. Invest in this. It benefits everyone involved.

2 – Teacher Self-Care Courses

Teaching staff need wellbeing training just as much as everyone else does. A teacher who can look after their own mental health is a teacher who can stay with you for longer. This type of training reduces staff turnover and absenteeism. If you have problems with stressed out teachers or poor staff retention, self-care and mental health awareness based courses can really help tackle it at source.

3 – Compliance Training

An often overlooked part of teaching, all schools need to monitor their compliance with governmental advice. For example, going back to the first point, the safeguarding lead ensures compliance of safeguarding training. A compliance trained teacher knows what parents expect of your establishment from officials and when your school should meet these expectations. They know what needs written, recorded, or filed, and they know how to write to, record with, or file for. They are handy staff members who will benefit your establishment’s reputation. In teaching, compliance is as important as childcare.