Alcohol at staff partiesIt’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 staffHow 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 workloadAre 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 balanceHow 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.
DfE report on workload and markingWe 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.
DfE report on workload and planningWe summarise the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group's March 2016 report on eliminating unnecessary workload associated with lesson planning, 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 arrangementsHow 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: examplesJob 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 leadersCan 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.
Managing workload (headteachers)How can headteachers better manage their workloads? We spoke to 3 of our associate experts, all current or former headteachers. They provided advice on delegation, communication and time management. You will also find an example of how one teaching school headteacher prepares for the school year.
Marking: maintaining a work-life balanceHow can teachers manage their marking and maintain a work-life balance? We link to strategies for reducing time spent marking. We also look at statutory guidance on work-life balance and relay Ofsted's clarification on inspectors' expectations for marking and feedback.
Marking mythbusterMeaningful 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: contentWhat should a new headteacher include in a presentation to staff? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts, Jenny Moss, on what to include in an introductory speech to staff. We also link to further articles for new headteachers.
Pre-flight meeting checklistCut the time you and your staff spend in meetings by using our downloadable pre-flight checklist. It will help you to decide when you definitely need a meeting, who really needs to be there, and when to send a memo instead.
Staff retentionIs there any advice on retaining staff? We relay advice and case studies from senior leaders at teaching schools, an executive headteacher, a recruitment specialist, and the headteacher of a primary school. We also highlight how good recruitment lays the foundations for boosting retention.
Staffroom: promoting a positive environmentHow can we promote a positive ethos in the staffroom? We relay guidance from one of our associate education experts on creating a positive environment in the staffroom, including how to establish protocol and acknowledge concerns. We also link to articles on staff wellbeing and dealing with negativity.
Staff survey packEverything you need to create your survey – a statement bank covering a range of topics, a survey template and a letter to staff. Plus, examples from schools.
Staff wellbeing daysAre there examples of staff wellbeing and motivation days? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts and refer to examples of wellbeing days from a school and from universities.
Staff wellbeing questionnairesAre there questionnaires for auditing staff wellbeing? In this article, we link to examples of staff wellbeing questionnaires. You will also find 2 case studies, including one showing how a school used survey results to plan changes to its working practices and environment.
Start-of-year presentations and meetings for staffIs there advice on running start-of-year presentations and meetings? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on what to include in such a presentation and link to examples of presentations. We also include advice from another expert on running start-of-year meetings.
Supporting trans staffHow can we support a staff member who is trans? We outline schools' legal responsibilities towards trans staff, and relay guidance on topics including changing records, communicating about a transition to parents and pupils, and the use of toilets and changing rooms.
What not to do with pupil performance dataOfsted has warned against excessive use of data to assess pupil performance because it is not always reliable. Here are 5 common data practices that you could stop doing, and strategies to use instead, to identify what your pupils know and drive down teacher workload.