Put Staff Mental Health at the Heart of your School
Benefits of Teach Well Toolkit School Membership
All teaching and non-teaching staff have individual memberships.
NEW from January 2022! All of your governors have individual memberships.
Teach Well Toolkit Programme of Whole-School Change
Use our anonymised wellbeing survey to identify the issues. We produce a report so you don't have to.
Step 1: Is your school like Gabriela's or Khadija's? Or somewhere in between?
-2 or -1
"There's no support for staff mental health. We have to solve our own problems. We're told, "If you can't cope, leave." Mental ill-health is seen as a weakness. Results are the most important thing in the school. Our own children and families are not considered."
"Our school tries to help, But it's mainly one-off strategies, like cakes on Fridays. Leaders listen but nothing happens. If teachers are struggling, they are seen as being unable to control their class. Leaders are sympathetic but taking care is our responsibility."
"My school isn't too bad. There are some whole-school strategies but they need to be coordinated. The level of support depends on your line manager. Leaders say that family time is important but this doesn't translate into a healthy work-life balance."
'I struck lucky when I moved to my new school. There is a staff mental health policy and it is taken seriously. Work and home life balance is valued. Leaders ask staff how they can reduce pressure and the SIP includes wellbeing and mental health strategies'.
'My school is great! Staff mental health is regarded in the same way as physical health. Leaders share their personal struggles. Our home life is valued. There is a real sense that "We're all in this together". We all look out for each other.'
The statements from Gabriela, Lucy, Amir, Sam and Khadija were adapted from the 'Waters Index of Leadership Support for Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health'. The Waters Index is part of the Teach Well Toolkit Programme. If you would like to download a FREE copy, click on the button.
The Waters Index is reproduced on page 13 of 'Waters, S. Ed. (2021) 'Cultures of Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools' Open University Press/McGraw-Hill. Order it on Amazon by clicking on the button below. If your school becomes a Teach Well Toolkit Member, the book is included and we will refund you for the purchase of the book.
Involve the staff in drawing up an action plan. For example, via a staff wellbeing group.
Put your action plan into practice
Staff complete the survey again to see what progress has been made.
Write your staff wellbeing plans into your SEF and SIP/SDP. Consider long-term goals for years three and four.
Mental Health Lead support. Build a culture of staff mental health.
Online. With support, if you prefer. At your own pace.
Involve the whole school community in improving mental health.