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  • Alcohol at staff parties It’s for you to decide whether staff can drink alcohol at social events like Christmas parties. Find out what you should consider and how you might fund this, and see how some other schools approach this issue.
  • Building relationships between staff How can we promote good relationships between staff? This article relays advice from 3 of our associate education experts on building relationships between staff, including with the senior leadership team (SLT). It also points to further advice on this issue, and to related articles from The Key.
  • Case studies on reducing marking workload Are there examples of ways to ease marking workload? We set out case studies from primary and secondary schools that manage teacher workload associated with marking.
  • Case studies on staff wellbeing and work-life balance How can schools improve the work-life balance and wellbeing of their staff? We feature case studies from 4 schools, with ideas that could help you retain staff and make savings on your recruitment budget. We also link to an article with advice on strategies to support staff wellbeing.
  • Case study: how one 'outstanding' secondary school cut its marking workload by 75% Barr Beacon School cut down teachers' marking time to less than an hour a day by banning detailed written marking and improving the way staff give feedback to pupils. Read on and download this school's marking policy and other resources to learn how you can make this happen too.
  • Case study: how to offer flexible working to attract outstanding staff and boost retention An innovative timetable enables Manchester Communication Academy to offer flexi days, staggered start times and part-time working – contributing to a 90% staff retention rate. Read on for ideas about how to implement flexible working in your school.
  • Case study: save teachers 2 hours a day with strategic minimal marking Headteacher Clare Sealy stopped written marking in her primary school and made feedback and pupil self-assessment part of every lesson without compromising on pupil outcomes. This is how she did it, and how you can too.
  • Conquer your inbox: tips and tricks Reclaim your evenings with expert advice on organising your inbox and changing your school's behaviour around sending emails.
  • DfE report on workload and marking We summarise the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group's March 2016 report on eliminating unnecessary workload associated with marking in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
  • Effective flexible working arrangements How can flexible working arrangements benefit schools? We look at DfE and Acas guidance on how flexible working can improve staff retention and reduce the need for costly recruitment rounds. We also relay DfE guidance on how schools can overcome common concerns about flexible working.
  • Flexible working: examples Job share arrangements can boost retention and reduce levels of absence, sickness and stress. We link to an example of how flexible working can be managed from a teaching union and further examples from schools and LAs.
  • Flexible working for senior leaders Can staff in the leadership group have flexible working arrangements? We relay guidance on senior leaders’ rights and schools’ duties in relation to flexible working. You will also find expert advice on determining pay, hours and duties for a member of the leadership team who is working part-time.
  • How to create a staff mental health and wellbeing action plan Know what good staff mental health and wellbeing looks like and get advice on achieving it. Use our template to help you create a staff mental health and wellbeing action plan.
  • Improving staff wellbeing and work-life balance: strategies Follow these tips to improve the work-life balance of your staff, and learn how you can make sure your employees have a voice on workload issues.
  • Marking mythbuster Meaningful feedback that improves pupils’ work does not have to be written. However, many school leaders are still telling us that they are struggling with reducing marking workload in their school. To help, we've put together this mythbuster to help you work out what you don't have to worry about.
  • New headteacher's presentation to staff Find out how to introduce yourself to staff for the first time and get advice on what you should cover to help you set the groundwork for building good relationships.