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​A Teacher’s Guide to Mental Wellbeing During the Summer Break

  • Publish Date: Posted 8 months ago
  • Author: Joe Shipton

Summer is here, marking a significant break for teachers nationwide who undoubtedly deserve this 6 to 8-week respite. While some may argue that teachers enjoy too many holidays, only those in the profession truly grasp the exhaustion that accompanies teaching.

While the break is meant for relaxation and reflection on the year past, it’s essential to also focus on mental wellbeing. Recent studies from the Education Support Partnership reveal concerns about teachers' mental health during the summer. Factors such as work-related stress, loneliness, financial burdens, and prep for the upcoming year can weigh heavily on teachers.

The Importance of Detaching from Work

Dunbar Education encourages all teachers to give themselves at least the first two weeks off, completely detached from work. Write down this commitment to keep it fresh in your mind and avoid guilt or unnecessary workloads. Remember, a rejuvenated teacher benefits not just themselves, but also the students.

Overcoming Loneliness

The summer holidays are ideal for reconnecting with friends and family. Yet, for some, it may be a time of solitude, leading to feelings of loneliness. If you find yourself in this situation, it's essential to break free from this confinement.

Go outdoors, engage in hobbies, sports, or volunteer. Dunbar Education offers hands-on Team Teach training classes on specific dates that are fun and informative. Participation not only prepares you but also fosters social connections.

Financial Stress Relief

Worrying about finances can be stressful, especially for supply teachers. But fear not; there are numerous opportunities to earn money during the holidays. These options can help keep you mentally active and expand your skills. Some great ways to make extra cash include:

  • Temporary jobs

  • Tutoring

  • Summer camp counseling

  • Exam marking

  • Selling on eBay

Gaining Control Over Holidays

A lack of autonomy over holiday timing can be unsettling. While efforts are being made to support job-sharing and prevent teacher burnout, it's crucial to gear up for your return to work post-break.

Ease the transition by keeping school-related tasks for the end of the holidays. Get back to your classroom ahead of time to avoid the shock of diving into work.

Support Is Just a Call Away

Should you face struggles during the summer, don't hesitate to reach out to the Education Support Partnership at 08000 562 561. Whether it's financial aid, counseling, or just a friendly conversation, support is readily available.


The summer holidays are your time to recharge and prepare for the new school year. While relaxation is vital, so is attention to mental wellbeing. From taking a clean break from work to financial planning and seeking support when needed, prioritizing your mental health ensures a more productive and joyful return to the classroom.