Chaired by Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir yesterday, the panel discussed their experience and insights into the issues of workload, stigma and managing wellbeing within the profession. The webinar discussion centres on the information contained within Teacher Wellbeing: A Review of the Literature, (Stewart & Nig Uidhir, 2021) Report. The report presents a summary of the research evidence pertaining to teacher wellbeing in a number of international contexts. It identifies factors which contribute both positively and negatively towards teacher wellbeing as well as strategies employed individually and collectively to support it.

The webinar is 1 hour long and can be viewed here.

The webinar is 1 hour long and can be viewed here.

The panel comprised:

Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir (chairperson)

Gabrielle is Senior Tutor for Development in St Mary’s University College and is a member of the College SMT. She is Programme Leader and a lecturer on the Irish-medium PGCE (primary) Programme Team and provides direction and support for Irish-medium teaching across programmes. Her specialist areas include immersion education, child development, Literacy and Language. She is currently engaged in research on teaching competences distinctive to the Irish-medium profession. Gabrielle is the current northern Co-chair of the SCoTENS committee.

Mrs Maria Stewart

Maria is an Associate Lecturer in St Mary’s University College Belfast and co-author of the report, 'Teacher Wellbeing: A Review of the Literature'. She has over 20 years teaching experience and held the post of Special Educational Needs Coordinator for several years. She is now completing a PhD at Ulster University focused on Home-school partnership for learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Ms Brenda Rankin-Sands

Brenda has over 36 years teaching experience. She was Head of Drama for 25 years in Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry. For the past 15 years she has been a Senior Teacher on the Leadership Team of Sacred Heart School. In her role as Teacher Tutor, Brenda has worked closely with newly qualified teachers, guiding them through induction and early professional development. She has also been responsible for staff development and staff well-being.

Mr Geoffrey Cherry

Geoffrey is the Principal of Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn. He is a music graduate of Stranmillis University College where he is an Associate Principal Advisor and continues to contribute to their Pastoral Care module and interview process. He is presently the External Examiner for the PGCE Primary Course at Ulster University. For a number of years, he has been an Associate Assessor for ETI. Last year he was awarded an MBE for services to Education.