University of Northampton launches survey of health and happiness of county’s teachers

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The health and well-being of teachers in Northamptonshire is being investigated as part of a new study by the University of Northampton.

Researchers from the university’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing are pleased to announce the launch of the School Staff Wellbeing Survey.

The survey is open to all school staff – from teachers to librarians, cleaners to SEN coordinators - in primary and secondary schools across the county. The online questionnaire aims to explore factors that protect and enhance the wellbeing of school staff.

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The University of Northampton’s Professor Judith Sixsmith, principal investigator on the project, said: “While evaluating Northamptonshire's 'The Healthier Child' initiative running in primary schools across the county, we felt that health promotion in schools needs to encompass not just students but all staff in the schools as well. That way, healthy places can be effective for everyone in them.”

Professor Sixsmith added: “We hope that everyone who works in a school in Northamptonshire will help us with this exciting new project, which can be completed online. The more responses we get, the more information we will have to make effective recommendations to help improve school staff wellbeing in Northamptonshire.”

Dr Florence-Emilie Kinnafick is the co-investigator on this research project, working alongside researcher Mei Lan Fang. The survey will take about 25 minutes to complete, and will ask questions about factors that can protect and enhance the wellbeing of school staff as well as factors that have an adverse effect on staff wellbeing. All data collected in the survey will be anonymised and will be stored securely and confidentially.

The project has been funded by Northamptonshire County Council, who awarded the team £20,000 to fund the research.

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Upon completion, entrants will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a range of prizes including a one-year car park pass for free access to country parks in Northamptonshire, a gym membership or a voucher that can be used in popular high street stores.