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Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience

The Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience research cluster provides the opportunity to explore aspects of wellbeing and resilience for all those involved in teaching. This includes trainee teachers, NQTs, subject coordinators, senior leaders and ITE tutors.

Research interests of cluster members include growth mindset, wellbeing and resilience on school placements, wellbeing and resilience of primary and secondary trainee teachers, transition between phases of the profession, pastoral support, mindfulness, mental health issues for trainee teachers, and emotional awareness and intelligence.


Associate members

  • Karen Rhys Jones (Glyndwr University)
  • Alison D'Amario (Education and Child Psychologist, Trustee of Bee-lieve Foundation)
  • Chris Attoe (Head of Research & Development, Maudsley Learning)
  • Marta Ortega Vega (Research Assistant, Maudsley Learning)

The Teacher Wellbeing Award

TWA no tier copyThe Teacher Wellbeing Award is being developed by St Mary’s University and Maudsley Learning based on our respective expertise in teaching and wellbeing, and our mutual drive to improve people’s lives. The award aims to provide individual teachers and whole schools with a framework to reflect and subsequently develop their current practice in order to support teacher wellbeing.

We are currently in the pilot phase of the award development and are looking for teachers and school leaders to join us in developing our process to showcase best practice around teacher wellbeing.  If you or your teaching colleagues would like to learn more about the Teacher Wellbeing Award, please contact the team at  

PhD students

All research degree students at St Mary’s are part of the Doctoral College.

Latest news

  • Professor Anna Lise Gordon has an article in the Journal of Education for Teaching (December 2020, Vol 46_5): "Educate – Mentor – Nurture: Improving the Transition from Initial Teacher Education to Qualified Teacher Status and Beyond". The article focuses on Gordon's research in England and Australia with early career teachers. ​
  • Jenny Murray and Dr Julie Pearson have been invited to contribute to Advance HE’s Mental Wellbeing Symposium being held virtually on 17 February 2021.
  • Jenny Murray and Associate Professor Christine Edwards-Leis have been invited, with Dr Alesia Moldavan of Fordham University, to present at the 65th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES 2021) in April: Well-being in teacher education: Leveraging a digital platform in global contexts. They are also presenting their work to Birkbeck University on 20th January 2021 5-6pm as part of their seminar series.