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European Commission's Webinar Series on Nurturing teacher well-being

Are teachers truly able to provide the best education and support for their students if their own well-being is neglected? The dedication and passion educators bring to their classrooms are unparalleled, yet the demanding nature of their profession often leaves them vulnerable to neglecting their personal and emotional needs.

Started on: 05.12.2023
Started at: 04:00 PM
Duration: 3 days 1 hour

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As we entrust them with the challenging responsibility of fostering intellect and character, it becomes imperative to recognise that a teacher's well-being is not merely a personal concern, but a foundational pillar upon which the entire educational structure stands. Just as a flourishing garden depends on nurturing the soil, so too does cultivating young minds hinge upon tending to the well-being of those who ignite the spark of learning. Whether you're an experienced educator or just starting your teaching journey, this webinar series is designed to equip you with the insights and tools necessary to foster your own well-being while continuing to inspire and educate the next generation.


The content of this webinar reflects the views only of the authors. The European Commission does not endorse any views, opinions or advice expressed by the speakers/presenters of this webinar.

Learning objectives

In this webinar series, you will:


  • Recognise Well-being Indicators: Identify signs of burnout, stress, and emotional fatigue among educators, enhancing awareness for proactive self-care, by engaging in discussions and interactive presentations.
  • Discover Self-Care Strategies: Learn and apply evidence-based self-care techniques by reflecting on your personal needs and choosing the strategies that resonate most with you, fostering emotional resilience and a healthier work-life balance.
  • Identify Elements of Positive Classroom Environments: Understand the link between teacher well-being and classroom atmosphere, gaining insights to cultivate supportive learning environments for both teachers and students through case studies and group discussions.

About the speakers

Inés Verplancke

Inés Verplancke from Bruges, Belgium, focuses on empowering individuals and organizations. Her passion lies in promoting wellbeing in schools and advancing social profit organizations strategically. Her approach is rooted in neuroscience, emphasizing prevention and empowerment. With a background in social and political sciences, Inés brings an academic foundation to her work. Her career at Europe House Ryckevelde, where she ultimately became the head of the organization, involved coaching schools in European projects, earning her recognition for her innovative educational initiatives.  

Jo Vermeulen

Jo Vermeulen, with 29 years of teaching experience, currently serves as the head of a primary school in Flanders, Belgium. As the school's principal, he views his primary responsibility as guiding and ensuring the well-being of his staff, firmly believing that happy teachers result in happy children. This philosophy has been his driving force since the outset and remains unchanged. Within a year and a half, Jo transitioned from the traditional classroom model to an effective team-teaching approach. This system allows teachers to fully cultivate their individual strengths, while also encouraging a dynamic exchange of knowledge and ideas between experienced educators and their younger counterparts. Jo employs a range of interventions to maintain a lively and engaging atmosphere in the school. He strives to infuse an element of excitement and innovation, with a focus on various projects as the cornerstone of their collective journey. This narrative is authored daily by all 53 dedicated staff members.  

Additional information

  • Language:
  • Target audience:
    Head Teacher / Principal
    Teacher Educator
  • Target audience country:
  • Target audience ISCED:
    Primary education (ISCED 1)
    Lower secondary education (ISCED 2)
    Upper secondary education (ISCED 3)