YOUR NEXT STEP

Your results indicate that your school is already on their way and has completed a whole school scan for health and wellbeing. Your school has taken the first step towards improving the health and wellbeing of the staff in your setting. Read on to find out more about your next step – focus on building the capacity of the leadership team and staff alike to respond to mental health and/or approach to whole-school shared leadership.

School success is a joint responsibility.

School leaders and school staff equally play a clear role in the wellbeing of staff. The actions and opinions of all staff can have a strong influence on a staff member’s overall feelings of wellness at work and on those suffering from or at risk of mental illness. Likewise, we as teaching and support staff equally can play our part in building and fostering a positive school culture.

It is important to note here that leaders and staff all have the best of intentions at heart. All members of a school community work tirelessly to improve school culture and support students, staff and community members. Whole school culture can be improved by building the capabilities of leaders and staff through professional development that focuses on not only school change strategy but also ways to support those with mental and physical health challenges.

Research from Beyond Blue Australia shows that leaders and staff who are provided with mental health training feel more confident in discussing mental health matters and, as a result, the data shows a reduction of staff reported psychological distress. Additionally, an inspiring, motivated and caring leadership style has been associated with enhanced mental wellbeing of staff within a school. If all staff are a part of the discussion of school leadership, it helps to achieve a shared sense of direction.

At the core level, all staff require skills in emotional intelligence to be able to support the health and wellbeing of the staff they lead and/or work alongside. This includes self-awareness (the ability to recognise and understand one’s own emotions, as well as their effect on other people), self-regulation (being able to manage one’s emotions appropriately), social awareness (skilful interactions that build meaningful relationships), empathy (the ability to understand how others are feeling and respond with care) and self-motivation (being able to harness passion to fulfil inner needs).

The schools that perform at a much higher level are those that have a strong culture. With effective leadership and collaboration of staff, the school engenders more loyalty and commitment innovation, and collaboration which sets them apart from other schools. Strong leadership invigorates team and staff performance, improves communication between staff, and inspires motivation which all leads to better staff and student outcomes.

Step 1: Suggest that all staff complete a self-evaluation tool

Speak to your school leadership team or principal and find ways to identify areas of strength and areas that need further development and future focus.

Ways to do this include:

  • All school leaders and staff complete this Leadership Self-Evaluation Tool or Teacher Self-Evaluation Tool and reflect on their skills, capacity and experience as leaders and team members
  • Identify key areas of focus and priorities for professional development as a team or individually moving forward
  • Consider a 360 Degree Feedback tool – a method and a tool that provides staff and leaders with the opportunity to receive performance feedback from management, peers and staff members.

Step 2: Explore and provide training and PL for teachers and leaders to develop their awareness of, knowledge, and skills in supporting staff wellbeing.

Ways to do this include:

  • Analyse the Self-Evaluation Tool/s and decide on team or personal professional development goals.
  • Start a “book club” for staff to explore and discuss free workplace wellbeing resources and organisations.
  • Suggest ways for staff to enrol in online training led by mental health organisations and providers to develop their skills in managing and responding to staff with a mental health challenge
  • Request staff be enrolled in a Mental Health First Aid Course – this is currently subsidised at the moment due to Covid-19.

Step 3: Explore training and PL for staff and leaders to develop their awareness, knowledge, and skills in educational change and emotional intelligence.

Ways to do this include:

Step 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. 

FREE CONSULTATION

Would you like support to how to build your school leadership team or go over the outcomes of your scanning tool?

Book in a FREE school culture assessment consultation to go over all your results from this quiz and identify your next steps to improved staff health and wellbeing in your school.

In this appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your school's concerns, goals, and/or quiz results to identify your next strategic steps towards a more positive school culture.

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