YOUR NEXT STEP

Well done! You are off to a great start. Your school has a good understanding of where you stand after already completing a school-wide ‘scan’ of wellbeing. This helps to identify what the school is doing well at and the areas that require improvement. You are working with a strong leadership team that is working towards a shared goal of improved school culture. Read on to learn about how to begin drafting a Wellbeing Action Plan based on your school’s identified priorities

A Wellbeing Action Plan provides a strategy for a school to begin or continue to develop a healthy and happy workplace.

Following on from your school’s work in the ‘scanning’ phase (where you reviewed multiple sources of data of staff health and wellbeing), you can begin the focusing on where to concentrate your energies to make the most difference. Focusing well will lead to informed actions, and usually means selecting no more than three priority areas. Finding common priority areas generates the momentum required to transform schools.

A Wellbeing Action Plan outlines the priority areas that you identified when you scanned your setting and highlights the aims and objectives linked to these priorities. The plan also outlines the actions to be implemented, the people responsible, required resources, and a review process.

Some of the objectives may be related to: strategies to decrease the impact of workplace risk factors (such as student behaviour, occupational violence, parent challenges), ways to build strong relationships between staff, systems to identify and support staff who are not coping with the demands of teaching or finding ways to support those with mental health or physical health conditions to stay at or return to work.

Get started!

Use these templates and resources to begin drafting your wellbeing action plan. 

Be sure to make your own copies of all documents.

Step 1: Assemble a wellbeing team and identify priorities for the Wellbeing Action Plan.

Ways to do this include:

  • Assemble a wellbeing team comprising of leadership, teachers, and school support staff and set a regular meeting time.
  • Begin identifying priorities by reviewing your collected data and observations from multiple data sets and review to identify any clear themes. You can use a school scanning tool to capture your data discussion.
  • Review the overall themes and decide on 3 overarching whole-school priorities to work on over the next 12 months. E.g. Build relationships, reduce absenteeism, support staff with mental health concerns, develop the leadership team capacity, etc.

Step 2: Begin drafting your wellbeing action plan by brainstorming objectives/goals to meet the whole school's priorities.

Objectives/goals should be future-oriented, linked to the priorities, and describe the outcomes expected.

Ways to do this include:

  • Consider some actionable objectives that will help move you closer to performing better across your priority areas e.g. plan in-school team building events, provide staff professional learning on wellbeing, provide time to complete online mental health training.

Step 3: Brainstorm actions that provide a step-by-step road map to achieving your objectives or goals, including who is responsible for each action and how this will be measured.

Ways to do this include:

  • List the possible actions required to meet a desired objective e.g. Plan a team-building event once a term, book a wellbeing presentation in week 5 of each term, or block out week 8 staff meetings for mental health training.
  • Ask staff/team members to nominate or delegate areas they will be responsible for working towards
  • Assign suggested ways to measure the efficacy and success of implementing these actions.
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Step 4: Communicate and consult with staff

Now that you have drafted your Wellbeing Action Plan, it is time to ask for feedback from all staff at your school.

Ways to do this include:

  • Engage the staff in your school – let them know what you’re doing, share your action plan, and seek their input.
  • Promote your progress, both internally and externally using email, newsletters, and staff meetings to share your hard work.
  • Focus on the specific benefits for your staff, school, and the community in your communication.

Step 5: Review and update your Wellbeing Action Plan based on feedback and commence working towards your objectives

Ways to do this include:

  • Regularly meet with the wellbeing team
  • Review objectives and actions and update each other on progress, challenges and seek support.
  • Consider ways to seek external support via the department, governing bodies, other schools and principals, and networking opportunities

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