11th May 2021
Showing a clear commitment to school staff wellbeing and the mental health of those working in education the Department for Education has published the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter. All state funded settings are invited to sign up to the charter in the Autumn. Sign-ups are voluntary.
The charter was created by the Department for Education with a number of key stakeholders to highlight staff wellbeing and can be used as a tool for schools and colleges to create, and publicly commit to their own wellbeing strategies, it’s goal is to improve wellbeing in schools and colleges by encouraging debate and accountability.
The charter includes 11 organisational commitments required by schools in order to prioritise staff wellbeing:
• Giving staff the support, they need to take responsibility for their own and other people’s wellbeing
• Giving managers access to the tools and resources they need to support the wellbeing of those they line manage
• Establishing a clear communications policy
• Giving staff a voice in decision-making
• Drive down unnecessary workload
• Champion flexible working and diversity
• Create a good behaviour culture
• Support staff to progress in their career
• Have a strategy for protecting leader wellbeing and mental health
• Demonstrating accountability by measuring staff wellbeing
The charter also includes 12 commitments on education staff wellbeing made by DfE and Ofsted and sets out 5 principles of shared understanding on the meaning and importance of wellbeing and everyone’s roles and responsibilities.
Benefits of signing up to the charter include:
• Improving staff morale and productivity
• Assisting in recruiting and retaining quality professionals
• Demonstrating the school is compliant with Health & Safety law in protecting the health, safety and welfare of staff
• Demonstrating alignment with relevant elements of Ofsted’s inspection framework