How to Break the Sleep Stress Cycle with Maria Brosnan

Jan 16, 2021 | Podcast

Over half of teachers and school leaders are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, according to the latest Teacher Wellbeing Index research.

This episode is a bit different than normal, as I’m the guest rather than the host!

I recorded it with Caroline from Cornerstones Education for their podcast show, The Curriculum. We talk about a subject very dear to my heart – sleep!

I hope you find it helpful and as always, please share it with anyone you think might enjoy it or benefit form listening.

Here are some of the areas we discuss:

  • Are we in a crisis in terms of teacher and school leaders’ sleep deprivation? Why have things got so bad?
  • What do we mean when we talk about a vicious circle of stress, worry and sleep deprivation?
  • Can sleep be improved quickly or does it take time? What’s the ‘mindset’ we need to approach this problem?
  • What are the benefits that people will start to see from getting better sleep?
  • What’s the first thing we can do to start improving our sleep?
  • Can you take us through a few more techniques that listeners can practice today/tonight/as we listen to this podcast?
  • What change would you like to see happen in the profession (culture, support etc)?
  • What three key takeaways would you like to leave our listeners with?

Cornerstones have developed an online curriculum platform for primary schools called Maestro, which is full of engaging projects and timesaving curriculum tools for busy teachers and senior leaders.

You can check out their podcast, or visit their website to find out more about the great work they are doing with over 2000 schools across the UK.

You can connect with Cornerstones:

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