The Wiltshire Healthy Schools audit includes several standards that relate to staff wellbeing. This clarifies some effective actions and suggests support to help you implement these.
A study by the University of London "Staff wellbeing is key to school success: A research study into the links between staff wellbeing and school performance" (University of London/ Worklife Support Ltd, 2007) concluded that
"if we want to improve school performance, we also need to start paying attention to teacher wellbeing. How teachers feel on an everyday basis is likely to affect their performance and so, in turn, the performance of the pupils they teach."
Supporting staff wellbeing in schools booklet (Anna Freud, 2018)
Ten steps towards school staff wellbeing (Anna Freud, 2018)
Education Support Partnership - Information for teachers on managing stress + Free confidential 24-hour helpline for all education staff 08000 562 561
Empower Half Hour - Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has put together a range of themed, simple, and mostly cost-free activities for work place teams to implement in half an hour
Ideas used in Wiltshire schools to improve staff wellbeing (click to enlarge and read)
Staff wellbeing survey and guidance
A good place to start is to use this survey, with the related guidance, and address any issues identified - perhaps by accessing some of the training and resources on this page.
CPD to support your school
Wellbeing for Education Resilience
The DfE have provided quality well-being training content, which has been adapted by local mental health experts for Wiltshire schools. Please direct all queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) free training to support you to make the most of every opportunity you have with the people you come into contact with every day.
The Connect 5 Programme is free accessible, evidenced based training that provides participants with skills and competencies that build confidence in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
Other courses are available from the Occupational Health Service and OD (Wiltshire Training) including:
Introduction to Mindfulness a free introductory session, designed to provide an insight into mindfulness and provide simple tools to practice in daily life.
Managing Anxiety Following this short course you will have knowledge about how anxiety works and persists, how to start addressing and overcoming it.
Introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) This session will help you understand how your emotions are triggered and provide you with self-help tools and techniques to take away with you to help support and manage your wellbeing.
Personal resilience Helping delegates learn how to recover quickly from setbacks and adversity and respond positively when the demands of modern-day life become challenging.
Other courses offered via Right Choice include:
- Stress awareness
- Managing the wellbeing of your staff
Other local support
Lifestyle wellbeing check in for school staff