Gauging the Realities of Occupational Wellbeing and Training in scHools (GROWTH)

A Survey on the Experiences and Needs of School Leaders, Teachers, and Teaching Assistants in England

Funded by the University of York Internal Funding

Principal Investigator: Dr Lisa E. Kim (University of York)

Research Team: Dr Sarah Crellin (University of York), Charly Ding (University of York), Sarah Crosskey (University of York)

Co-Production Team: Emma-Jane Birley (Coast and Vale Learning Trust), Jane Elsworth (Huntington Research School), Mari Palmer (North Yorkshire Coast Research School), Andrew Young (Pathfinder Teaching School Hub)


The research project aims to contribute to tackling the national school staff wellbeing crisis and supporting their effectiveness by consolidating the experiences of school leaders, teachers, and teaching assistants specifically in regards to their occupational wellbeing and professional development needs and support. The findings are aimed to assist schools in understanding the needs of their staff, as well as potentially guiding them in selecting, implementing, and evaluating wellbeing and professional development support provisions to help staff thrive in their workplaces.

Survey and Event

Thanks to those who completed the survey and/or attended the Mental Health and Education Event (27th June). Both were very helpful in understanding the experiences of school staff. Thanks again!

Final Report

The final report summarising the findings is now available here.


The following infographics have been developed based on the project findings:

An animation on teacher wellbeing was also created:

More information

For more information, please e-mail education-heart(at)