Event Summary



Date and Time

Thursday 6 May 2021 (13:00 to 15:00)


Free (£30.00 non-members)

With recent meetings of this termly network focusing on student wellbeing, instead, this event will focus on the wellbeing of staff.  We know that frontline staff are stepping up to handle challenging issues and that many are experiencing adverse impacts on their resilience.  At the same time, creativity at all levels in an organisation has been stimulated, especially when pulling together in order to make rapid changes to working practices.

Our discussions will be informed by a timely report, Learning from Lockdown: staff voices. Developed by Sandy Henderson (researcher for educational charity OPUS), and supported and commended by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), this unique study used a ‘listening post’ methodology to facilitate careful, close attention to staff voices. Between September and November 2020, 19 Listening Posts were conducted online with mixed groups of teaching, admin and support staff from FE colleges across England, as well as specialist apprenticeship and adult learning providers. In addition, 5 individual discussions were held online with college principals, CEOs and senior leaders.

The resulting report details a wide range of responses, positive and negative, to working in a pandemic; identifying a variety of coping strategies that have been developed by staff and their leaders in these challenging times. This detailed document reflects on the lived experiences of FE staff during lockdown, and suggests how we can learn from these experiences going forward.

We are pleased to welcome Sandy Henderson, the author of the report, who has agreed to present the specific findings on staff wellbeing. Facilitated by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education Group) and Alison Scott (lead Professional Development Advisor) there will be plenty of opportunity within this online session utilising Zoom for participants to ask questions, to network and to compare their own lived experiences of the impact of lockdown on staff wellbeing.

  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.