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Leadership behaviours

New Staff Wellbeing Charter

Mark Solomons, CEO of staff wellbeing specialists Welbee welcomes the DfE announcement to monitor staff happiness under a new Wellbeing Charter.

The Welbee team and I were delighted to read John Dickens’ article in Schools Week on the DfE’s commitment to staff wellbeing in schools.

It is right that school leaders are encouraged to put more …

Give staff a bigger voice

Acknowledging, listening and responding to staff on an ongoing basis are three of the most important ways to ensure you give them a bigger voice and as a result they are more likely to thrive at work

While it’s right that staff need to take responsibility for their own performance and wellbeing, including while working …

Communicating remotely and effectively

The words ‘unprecedented times’ and the ‘new normal’ have well and truly entered our vocabulary. We are all finding our way and having to work differently and we know for some this can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and mental health. We are also hearing variations of the words communicating remotely.

We also …

Leading staff wellbeing video

This 26 minute video on leading staff wellbeing takes you through the key steps you should cover if you want to cut through the noise and know where to start and what to focus on for greatest impact.

The video covers:

What we mean by staff wellbeingThe major causes of poor staff wellbeingWhy you should improve …

Leading schools in times of crisis: 6 practical steps

You may or may not have had training on school leadership in a crisis. Being prepared certainly helps, though the scale of what is happening now is unprecedented in our lifetime.

Looking after vulnerable pupils and children of key workers, while managing full or partial closure, supporting staff remotely, learning to work effectively and all …

Staff exit interviews that improve retention and recruitment

One part of improving retention and staff wellbeing is to understand why people leave and to take appropriate action. Carrying out effective staff exit interviews is an important part of this.

While using a survey is a good way to collect anonymous feedback from those that are leaving, it doesn’t allow for probing or asking …

Put staff first video 5 – Setting goals and taking action

Once you have measured your current staff wellbeing the next step is setting goals and taking action.

This is the fifth and final video in a series of short videos that explains why you might want to put staff first. In this video we look at:

The importance of setting specific goals; andTaking action

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Staff wellbeing and people strategy make teachers feel fulfilled at their job.

School staff lifecycle. How to recruit and retain the best teachers and school staff?

Whenever your current employee or a prospective teacher interact with your school, they experience a ‘moment of truth’. In other words, your future school staff either think “I want to be a part of it”, or “I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole”. 

How these ‘moments of truth’ are handled will determine how well …

Leadership behaviours at your school. Providing the best employee experience

There is a competitive, moral and financial imperative for schools and MATs to build a culture where staff really matter. 

At the centre of this needs to be a fundamental shift in your leadership behaviours, namely twelve leadership competencies that will affect the experience of every staff member at your school. These competencies are sometimes …

Put staff first Video 4 – Measuring staff wellbeing

Measuring staff wellbeing should be your starting point if you want to improve it.

This is the fourth in a series of five short videos that explains why you might want to put staff first. In this video we look at:

Why you should measure staff wellbeing; andHow best to measure it

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