As the UK Government announces its plans to recruit and retain teachers, schools have turned their focus on developing staff wellbeing. The interpretation of this ‘wellbeing’ can differ dramatically from school to school. Leaving chocolate on staff desks and weekly yoga sessions are all valiant efforts of improving teacher moral but the true key to wellbeing is by not adding yoga mats to your resources order.
When surveying and speaking to the staff in my school on staff moral and wellbeing, it all boils down to workload and time. Improving teacher retention and growing wellbeing is the act of refining and streamlining school approaches and processes so that time is used effectively and purposefully. In turn, this will also change the teachers’ mindsets and may allow them to support their own wellbeing too.