|Staff Well-being resources
- DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter. Schools who sign up to the charter are demonstrating a public commitment to support the wellbeing and mental health of their staff – and 1300 settings have done so since the charter was launched for schools to sign up last November. There’s also a series of wellbeing resources section at the end of the charter page, which explores the significance of staff wellbeing, guidance and tools to measure wellbeing.
- DfE has awarded a contract to the charity Education Support, to provide peer support and counselling to around 2,000 school leaders from autumn 2021 to March 2023, building on a previous pilot. Settings who don’t already have access to Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) can sign up for 1:1 counselling, 1:1 supervision, and group peer sessions for school leaders starting at deputy head level and above. The website also provides some useful resources of schools and individual teachers. In addition, Education Support provides a free helpline for all staff working in education (regardless of whether they already have access to EAPs).
- DfE has also appointed the training provider Timewise to train school leaders to implement flexible working practices in schools.
- Anna Freud can provide bespoke support and training to schools, including on staff wellbeing. They also produced this fantastic booklet on the topic – including some top tips and case studies
- Some resources from Mind that aren’t school-specific but might still be useful:
- A couple of schools have written blogs for DfE on their approach to staff wellbeing:
- Ben Levinson from Kensington Primary who writes about the significance of protecting staff mental health and some top tips – I think this will be particularly useful in getting the school’s buy-in for a staff wellbeing piece, particularly as Kensington Primary was one of the co-creators of the staff wellbeing charter
- Laura Fordham from Bedford Academy who highlights the significance of staff voice/participation, workload, training and development
- DfE has collated lists of mental health and wellbeing resources for children and young people – one aimed at education staff and the other for education settings to pass on to their students to enable them to seek support on a range of issues independently, should they wish to.