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What can we manage that has a positive impact on staff wellbeing?

Work-life balance and workload are key. We’d all like to have time to spend with our families and friends – the energy to pursue our chosen pastimes. The DfE’s School Workload Reduction Toolkit has support and practical resources to help.

Autonomy is important to all professionals – feeling out of control of our working environment is horrible. We want to have some influence over what we do, how we do it and our working hours. This doesn’t mean that changes shouldn’t be made to improve pupil outcomes, but how to manage those changes is critical. The EEF’s Putting Evidence to Work research offers practical and evidence-informed recommendations to ensure that change is managed effectively and has long-lasting impact.

Support from senior leaders and colleagues is vital. Effective school leaders make sure that relationships between members of staff are positive. Ensuring a respectful and supportive working environment is good for everyone.

Pupils’ misbehaviour can be emotionally exhausting. It’s one of the most difficult issues that teachers have to deal with, but it’s worth remembering that most pupils behave well. The key to managing behaviour is consistency. The EEF’s Improving Behaviour in Schools provides guidance on the entire range of behaviours you might encounter.

The common theme through all of this? Effective CPD. Invest the time and money in high-quality CPD and you’ll have a happier staff with increased confidence and enthusiasm, better results, and a workforce who’ll stay with you.

Kathryn Day

Kathryn Day

After leaving behind careers in the wine trade and archaeology, Kathryn Day has worked in various education roles across both primary and secondary for nearly 20 years. She’s been a secondary ICT teacher and subject leader, a local authority computing adviser, a local authority school improvement adviser and a primary school deputy headteacher. Kathryn is Director of Training and Development at Juniper Education.