Sugar, Sleep, Stress and the Student Teacher

Who is this workshop for?

Are you a teacher training provider who is committed to supporting your trainees’ mental health; giving them the tools they need to be resilient, self-reliant and reliable?

Or are you an Initial Teacher Education co-ordinator or a senior leader planning professional development workshops for student teachers, NQTs and recently qualified teachers?

If so, this could be the workshop for you!

What is it about?

This talk includes an overview of the physiology of stress hormones and provides an achievable set of lifestyle and dietary strategies which can improve energy levels, reduce stress, help with focus and increase quality sleep. With extended workshops there is also the chance for group work during which participants can troubleshoot their own health and wellbeing concerns.

Why is this workshop important?

Stress hormone imbalance has negative effects on:
• Short term memory • Mood regulation • Planning and organising • Regulating own behaviour • Making good judgements • Speech processing • Sensory processing • Sleep quality • Physical health • Emotional health

Student teachers I have worked with previously reported challenges in all these areas during their PGCE and NQT years. By regulating their stress hormones they were able to maintain their attendance, increase their job satisfaction, improve the quality of their teaching and boost their mental health. They also felt they were more likely to sustain a career in teaching.

“Flo delivers fantastic bi-annual sessions to our school based PGCE trainee teachers. Her informative talks and subsequent discussions support our Bristol, UWE and Bath Spa University students by supplying them with information and tools to survive the increasingly stressful environment of classroom teaching.”

“As part of our professional development programme Flo’s work fits in well with the national focus on retention as well as professional development. Feedback for these sessions has always been overwhelmingly positive and students have reported that incorporating her recommendations have enabled them to better maintain their energy levels and manage their workload.”

Cotham School, Bristol

What does this workshop deliver?

It’s an informative workshop on how to self-regulate adrenaline and cortisol responses to the inevitable stress that accompanies working in education.

It’s an adaptive and interactive lesson on the physiology of stress hormones.

It’s a structured brainstorming session to enable attendees to understand how to tailor support for more balanced stress and sleep hormonal production.

It’s a blueprint for

  • reducing anxiety and depression
  • improving sleep quality and energy levels
  • supporting student teachers’ health and wellbeing
  • encouraging student teachers to reach their full potential in their chosen career

It’s a place for attendees to feel safe, listened to and understood

It’s a time for learning, for laughter and for light-bulb moments.

Why am I the person to deliver this workshop?

Good question! I am a Health and Nutrition Coach with special interests in anxiety and depression; and in the endocrine (hormone) system. I’ve also been my husband’s number one supporter during his twenty, stressful years of secondary school teaching!

What have other people said about this workshop?

“I can really see how this will all help; I can’t wait to get started!”

“Hi Flo, your talk in UWE was so lovely today. It was really refreshing having someone say, “yes it’s okay that you have problems and stresses.” But also someone coming up with realistic solutions and mind sets to over come all the little stresses. Thanks!”

How much will this cost us?

Until the end of September 2022 my fees are £250 per 90 minutes plus expenses.

Depending on your requirements I can deliver short talks, extended workshops or half-day training sessions. An ideal group size is between fifteen and thirty participants but I am happy to chat with you about how this workshop can be tailored for your needs.

How can we book you?

Please contact me here to discuss dates, I very much look forward to hearing from you!