Wellbeing for staff

As a school, we take staff wellbeing seriously and have introduced a number of measures to support staff in many different ways.

The Staff Forum are looking at the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter and have asked staff to prioritise the criteria. 

DFE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

All staff members at King James's School were invited to look at key priorities as identified by the DFE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter and to vote on what they felt was most important to look at as a school community.

What we have done so far

We should drive down unnecessary workload

  • Faculty marking policies are being reviewed in Curriculum Team Meetings.
  • Duties have been reduced for teaching staff to cut workload.
  • Staff meetings are continually reviewed and have been reduced when appropriate.
  • The number of staff emails have been reduced, for example, the Senior Leadership Group do group updates rather than separate emails.
  • Ian Rimmer as Principal regularly discusses 1265 hours with union representatives to ensure clarity and transparency. 


Other things that we do

TES Staff Pulse

  • TES Staff Pulse (staff wellbeing surveys) allows the Staff Wellbeing Team to focus on staff mental health when they respond to key questions about a range of welfare based issues. 
  • The Staff Wellbeing Team reflect on the outcomes of responses once a month and it informs our staff wellbeing action plan and Staff Forum discussions.

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Staff CPD

  • Staff are encouraged to complete additional CPD focusing on mental health and wellbeing if they feel it would be useful. This is through the National College and Kirklees Mental Health Support Team. 
  • staff are encouraged and supported to complete NPQ training for senior leadership

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Staff wellbeing

  • cooked meals are provided for staff on parents evenings and hot drinks and other refreshments are provided throughout
  • refreshments are provided for the staffrooms for all staff
  • we have flexible working opportunities 
  • staff are consulted on key issues when appropriate
  • wellbeing policies are developed including a menopause policy 

prioritise staff mental health | give support to take responsibility for own and others wellbeing  | staff voice in decision making | staff progression | flexible working 

Useful websites for staff