Staff Resilience

Teachers are like diamonds, they are forged with hard work and pressure – to shine!

The pressure on school staff continues to rise. In the UK, 40% of teachers indent to leave the profession within the next five years. It takes a toll on both their physical and mental health. Schools need to take care of their staff simply out of common decency, and also because both physical and mental stresses affect the staff member’s ability to develop good relationships with each other and with learners, which in turn compromises the effectiveness of their teaching.

VbE has collaborated with Pupil Asset to help secure staff resilience, offering specific, practical, effective strategies and tools for staff to further developing the culture of Wellbeing and Resilience in schools. It is a cost-effective tool which helps to make staff feel valued and to know that their wellbeing is being taken seriously.

Staff Resilience

We know that the retention of good quality teachers is key to driving improvement and staff. Teachers that are happy are less likely to leave.

Teachers that are happy in their workplace are better placed to inspire pupils. This contributes to the quality of teaching so learning improves.

VbE provides support to strengthen staff resilience by:

  • helping to raise awareness of the 12 components of resilience
  • identifying the specific components that individual members of staff can address
  • working with staff members and the school to devise and implement a tailored program that addresses any identified components of resilience that overwhelm their capacity to manage effectively all of their unique challenges and stresses.

Resilience Support for Staff


We run free workshops from time to time. Details of the next workshop will appear here when it is organised.

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VbE Resilience Survey for Staff

The survey provides school leaders with a detailed report to show areas of team strength, and identifies areas where specific aspects of resilience can be improved. It helps schools to create stronger and healthier environments of resilience, wellbeing and better mental wealth for students and staff alike. Following the completion of The Resilience Survey, your VbE Resilience Consultant works with you to ensure the impact of the survey will help make a difference to the treasured people in the workplace.

The Resilience Survey is designed to collect a range of data via easy to access online surveys, measuring different aspects of pupils’ and staff resilience.

Accessible to teachers, as well as school leaders, data from the surveys is used to generate reports which help schools to become more engaged with helping create stronger and more rapid environments of resilience, wellbeing and better mental health for both students and staff alike. Following the completion of The Resilience Survey, the conversation will continue with your VbE Resilience Consultant to ensure the impact of the survey will help to make a difference to the treasured people in the workplace.

More information

For more information about the VbE Staff Resilience Survey, or to book a survey at your school, fill out the form below.


Joe Piatczanyn – Headteacher, Cranfield CE Primary School 
The Resilience Survey offered a fascinating insight into my team member’s resilience and well-being. Staff were able to complete it quickly and we have since used the outcomes to further shape CPD and actions to further enhance our working environment. Discussing the findings with David enabled professional and reflective dialogue – making the use of the survey meaningful, manageable and motivating.

Well-being remains a significant commitment in our school, and the impact of our team member’s resilience on this is significant. That the Resilience Survey aligns with the beliefs and principles of Values-based Education makes it an even more powerful resource for schools. Here’s to a resilient future in education for us all!

Bridget Knight – Headteacher, Eardisley CE Primary School

After using the Resilience Survey, we had the most brilliant staff meeting together. The survey enabled us to have a really open and candid conversation about our personal and collective needs. We shared ideas about all the things we can do to improve our personal health and practice self-compassion. The Resilience Survey for us has been a game-changer: the Wellbeing Agenda is now for us as staff as well as for our pupils. 

Sarah Phillips – Headteacher, Loddon Primary School

As a Headteacher I appreciated the questions which had a good balance between the characteristics of people and those of a school in order to draw conclusions about general resilience. There was a pleasing range of questions across the twelve aspects which sat really well with our Values ethos.

The report reflected our current perceptions of where we are as a school but also identified a new area to consider – which is really useful. The users were easy to set up and the survey was quick to complete. Having a consultant meet you to give feedback is an especially powerful part of the process allowing discussion and sign-posting to further support as appropriate. It makes what otherwise might be merely a data exercise more real and in my view more likely to lead to action after the survey.