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Last reviewed on 8 February 2021
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Hardenhuish School's wellbeing and workload working group comes together to discuss practical solutions to discrete workload burdens, and implement new initiatives based on best practice. Hear how Jo Glossop, the school's assistant head, set it up and how you can too.

In a nutshell

Hardenhuish School in Wiltshire started a staff working group to improve the wellbeing of all staff across the school, with a particular focus on workload. Set up 3 years ago, group members: 

  • Meet up once a term to have open conversations about wellbeing and workload
  • Identify challenges from across the school 
  • Come up with effective solutions based on best practice

A member of the senior leadership team (SLT) runs the group - meeting outcomes are discussed at senior leadership level and the next steps are then communicated at the next working group meeting. 

A working group will help you get regular, honest feedback from staff

As Rachel Cobb, KS5 maths lead at Hardenhuish, put it: "I feel that our thoughts and opinions are taken seriously and that issues we raise are

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