10 ways to support staff wellbeing and work-life balance

Find out how 3 schools reduced workload and improved work-life balance for their staff. Use their ideas to retain great people, save on recruitment and make your school a happier place.

Last reviewed on 7 April 2021
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Contents
  1. Ask for staff opinions
  2. Consult with staff and union representatives
  3. Give teachers and leaders extra PPA and let them plan together
  4. Create a positive working environment and culture of collaboration
  5. Be clear on scheduling and the purpose of meetings
  6. Focus on ‘meaningful' marking, planning and report writing
  7. Value staff and allow days off for once-in-a-lifetime events
  8. Offer CPD and social activities
  9. Provide flu jabs and offer twilight training
  10. Distribute school improvement workload evenly between all staff

Ask for staff opinions

  • Ask your staff members’ opinions on issues that affect their health and wellbeing, such as workload, and how much work they're doing outside of working hours
  • Ask your staff what would make a positive difference to their workload and wellbeing: is it changing the marking policy, or using the school budget for weekly yoga classes?
  • Depending on what comes up the most in your staff responses, make changes where possible. We've suggested some changes you might like to make below, but listen to your staff suggestions first
  • Send out a survey at the start of the school year, and another one at the end of the year, and compare the results. Use our staff survey pack to create your survey: it includes a statement bank covering a range of topics, a survey template and a letter to staff

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