Investing in staff wellbeing is one of the most important things a school can do.

Because they are the beating heart; every school's greatest asset. They set the tone for the rest to follow. That means, when staff are supported to nurture their wellbeing, it positively impacts the whole school community. For those working hard to shape a whole-school approach to emotional health and wellbeing, Public Health England recommends putting staff wellness front and centre. They also state that senior leadership teams that champion efforts to promote mental health and wellbeing are essential. We agree. The DfE's Education Staff Wellbeing Charter states that everyone working in education should have the opportunity to enjoy the highest standard of wellbeing. We agree with that too.

Still Human was started by Julie Liddell, a psychology teacher and wellbeing facilitator with over 25 years of experience.

Julie has seen first-hand the amazing impact educators can have on schools, students and the wider community. But she also fully understands the pressures they face, and how the demanding nature of working in schools can often affect individual wellbeing. Armed with the knowledge that even the smallest changes can significantly enhance overall wellbeing, Julie worked with staff in education to help them carve out a little more time to focus on themselves. Using psychological theory to influence behavioural change and mindfulness to enhance calm, focus and positive action. Throughout her career, the most common reaction to Julie's teachings was, “Everyone should know this stuff!” Julie agreed. And so, with her students' words ringing in her ears, she set out to support staff within the education profession on a full-time basis. Still Human was born.

Who is Still Human for?

People who work in education

Those who do incredible work in a high-energy and demanding sector. Those who might be feeling overwhelmed or stressed, and who often put their own wellbeing a little too far down on life's to-do list.

Meet The Team

Julie Liddell

Founder and Managing Director

“I love the field of Positive Psychology and the research from this field underpins many of the workshops offered by Still Human. Positive Psychology isn't about “being positive”, rather it is the scientific study that identifies the positive traits that allow individuals, communities and organisations to thrive. Mindfulness was a game changer for me - simple, easy to do when time poor, but most of all so impactful on my overall health and wellbeing. Whilst not a magic bullet for everything - I refer to it as my 'ordinary magic' and I want to share that magic with the world.”

Tracy White Wellbeing Facilitator

Tracy has over 20 years' experience in Primary Education working as a Headteacher, Senior Leader, Teacher and Safeguarding Lead. She specialised in working in schools in areas of high deprivation, with a focus on raising outcomes for disadvantaged children, as well as improving wellbeing and cultural capital opportunities for the children and families she served. During her time as Headteacher, she managed an ARP for pupils with MLD and is aware of the huge challenges working in the education sector has on staff, especially within additional resource provisions. She has a deep-seated belief that nurturing staff wellbeing has not only a positive impact on the happiness of school staff but the wider school community. “I have a real understanding and empathy for the pressures and workload school staff face every day, and the stress and emotional toll it has on personal wellbeing that often affects our personal lives. I want to use my skills, knowledge and experience to make a positive impact for all staff in education, work towards retaining our brilliant teachers and teaching assistants and contribute to empowering staff and leaders to make sustainable changes in everyday wellbeing practices and policy in their schools." Tracy is a qualified Menopause Wellness Practitioner and enjoys cold water swimming as a form of relaxation and meditation.

Dr Mary Bilton Wellbeing Facilitator

Mary has worked as a Design and Technology faculty lead for over 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge in delivering National Professional Qualifications in leadership, management and improved teaching practice. Her work as an accredited facilitator, led Mary to undertake her Masters in Education and subsequently her Doctorate. The aim of her research was to gain a greater understanding of what is leading mid-career teachers to leave the profession, with a focus on workload, stress and career development. Mary has a deep interest in helping teachers to improve their working lives and practice. She is able to draw on her own experience and research to help teachers recognise and develop their own career paths. “Having experienced the challenges of working in the classroom for over three decades whilst trying to manage a busy family life and academic studies, I understand the pressure and stress that so many teachers find themselves under. Through my work as a Facilitator, I have had the privilege of hearing life-stories of so many brilliant teachers who feel that they need to make a change to their working lives before they burn out. By developing and delivering wellbeing programmes that are practical, effective and inspiring I hope that we can retain and revitalise the stellar talent that we have in this profession.”

Emma Turnbull Marketing Manager

Emma is Still Human’s Marketing Manager who has a wealth of marketing knowledge and over 10 years’ experience of marketing across various industries. Emma recently undertook a Chartered Institute of Marketing Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing to further her marketing knowledge and is has now been awarded Chartered Marketer status. She is most keen to raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing in the workplace and to make sure everyone knows about the amazing things Still Human can do! "I have witnessed first hand the stress and pressures that come from teaching through various friends and family members. Supporting teachers’ wellbeing is crucial to the success of future generations. If teachers are struggling with stress and burnout, it will not only impact them personally but it will also affect how they are able to pass on their knowledge to the people they teach."

Everyone thrives when individual wellbeing is nurtured.

Our aim is to shape a future where the wellbeing of staff in education is valued and prioritised for the good of all.

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.

On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

This image, encapsulating the entirety of humankind, inspired us to set up Still Human, reminding us to look after ourselves and each other. Still Human is part of the education support services provider, The Edwin Group.