- 22nd Dec 2020 12:37
The David Ross Education Trust’s ‘Connecting at Christmas’ scheme
This year we have all reflected deeply on the impact of isolation and lockdown on mental health, particularly among older people. However, one group of people that may have sometimes been overlooked is our teachers. While the news has been consumed with teacher safety in schools and teacher wellbeing in the workplace, it’s all too easy to forget what happens after they leave the classroom for the day.
This Christmas, the David Ross Education Trust, a family of 34 schools from London to Hull, is investing in making sure that their teachers and staff stay connected during these unusual times through their ‘Connecting at Christmas’ initiative.
Once the school gates close, colleagues will still be able to spend time together and connect through group coffee mornings via Teams, afternoon quizzes (fancy dress optional!) and 1:1 conversations for anyone who is going to be on their own and wants to reach out for some company.
The initiative seeks to curb feelings of loneliness and isolation among staff across the Trust, spreading Christmas cheer in the face of the unique challenges that this holiday season provides for many across the UK.
Stuart Burns, CEO of the David Ross Education Trust, said:
“Our ‘Connecting at Christmas’ scheme is a wonderful example of community and collaboration, and we hope that any colleagues who are on their own know they we are there and that we care.
“This has been a gruelling year for our teachers and support staff, but we often forget about the challenges outside the classroom, and this Christmas will not look the same for everyone. While Teams calls cannot replace in-person festivities, we want to bring as much DRET spirit to the holidays as possible and ensure that our teachers and staff across our schools feel supported and cared for during these difficult times.”