Staff wellbeing and development

Wellbeing in schools starts with the staff.

Schools need to ensure staff have the work-life balance to manage the demands of the school day. It is hard to promote emotional wellbeing in others if you feel uncared for and burnt out.

Supporting staff

It helps if the school ethos accepts the reality of staff stress and makes it safe for staff and leaders (as well as pupils) to:

  • admit their challenges
  • seek support for mental health needs without stigma

To help staff build a greater sense of control the school can support them to develop key stress reduction skills. These can include building resilience, relaxation and mindfulness.

Staff wellbeing and development resources

Staff wellbeing policy template [796.5 KB] [docx]

Five principles of recovery [406.9 KB] [docx]

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