Scan your school
It is essential to consider the needs and interests of your school and staff before putting new actions, alterations, and activities in place to support staff wellbeing. Your school may be at the beginning of their culture change journey or consolidating months or years of hard work towards sustained change, scanning your school and involving staff is foundation to all other hard work.
Involving staff at all levels is essential as we are able to obtain data, voice and observations that leaders may overlook. A successful school scan involves disciplined data discussions between leaders, teaching staff and support staff.
To work out where your staff need the most support to improve their wellbeing and school culture, it is important to scan multiple sources of data to understand the issue and find out what is going on for the staff. This step is vital – without a clear understanding of the current work environment and the school’s overall approach to wellbeing, health, and mental health you wont truly understand what is happening across the school.
1. Ask to speak with a member of your leadership team or your principal about staff wellbeing
Make a time to speak with a school leader and make a polite suggestion that the leadership team discusses staff wellbeing and conducts a whole school scan of data sources.
Points to discuss include:
- Anecdotal observations of staff wellbeing
- Staff absence, incident, injury, and compensation data
- School/department staff satisfaction data
- What practices are in place currently for staff health and wellbeing and what is successful or unsuccessful
- Record notes on your School Scanning Tool PDF page 2-3
2. Support the school leadership team to collect a range of data staff feedback
Ways to do this include:
- School leaders discuss staff wellbeing with teaching teams during professional learning time or weekly meetings. They could consider using the GROWTH framework to question and gather information.
- Support the leadership team to create an anonymous staff wellbeing survey (the advantage of these tools is that employees can respond privately, without the added pressure of social interaction)
- Record on your School Scanning Tool PDF page 3-5
3. Be a part of a whole school data review
Ways to do this include:
- Suggest a review and discussion of multiple sources of data you have collected using your School Scanning Tool
- Compare data, observations, and feedback as a whole staff
- Draw conclusions and identify 3 priority areas for improving staff wellbeing and school culture on page 6 of your School Scanning Tool
4. Plan your next steps
Are you keen to continue the momentum and support your school and staff towards improved workplace culture?
Download my ‘6 Steps to Improved School Culture’ and follow my roadmap to support staff health and wellbeing at your school.
This document links you to information, resources and advice for each step of your journey to a more positive culture and working environment.
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In this appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your school's concerns, goals and your next strategic steps towards a more positive school culture.