Release date: 02/10/2020

Working together as part of the National Wellbeing Partnership, the National Governance Association (NGA) and the Schools Advisory Service have today (2 October) published an evaluation tool for governing boards and school leaders that focuses on the wellbeing of school leaders, their self-care and how this is modelled throughout the school/trust.

The evaluation tool has two distinct parts: 

  • Part one encourages reflection on the approach taken towards staff wellbeing at board and operational level in the school or trust. 
  • Part two is an audit of current practice, which can be used to identify improvements that positively impact on the wellbeing of the senior executive leader (ie the headteacher of the school or CEO in the trust), which the senior executive leader can extend to and model with staff.

Staff are the school’s most valuable resource and the wellbeing of school leaders and staff is a key issue for governing boards, alongside ensuring the safe return of all pupils and meeting their needs. The results of NGA’s annual governance survey show that governors and trustees believe workplace culture to be the most important factor influencing the recruitment and retention of quality staff. The increased emphasis being placed on organisational culture is a welcome development.

It is recommended that the evaluation tool is completed as a joint activity involving the senior executive leader, the chair of the governing board and/or a relevant governor/trustee as determined by the level of delegation in the school or trust.

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Commenting on the new guidance Steve Edmonds, diretcor of advice and guidance at NGA said:
“The extremely difficult circumstances in which schools are operating shines a light on the part played by our education system in creating highly work anxious leaders and staff. NGA has prioritised promoting the welfare of headteachers, and working with initiatives like the National Welllbeing Partnership, is raising awareness amongst governing boards of the culture of wellbeing that exists in their school or trust. This evaluation tool has been designed to be practical and easy to navigate. We hope that it will support meaningful collaboration underpinned by an overriding concern for the wellbeing of the school community."

Andy Mellor, National Wellbeing Director  at Schools Advisory Service said:
“Governors play a vital role in setting the tone for whole school wellbeing and supporting the leadership of the school to ensure that staff are productive and well at work. This new resource, carefully constructed to be co-collaborative and developmental supports governors in ensuring their CEO/ headteacher has their wellbeing needs met, helps to set the tone for wellbeing across the school and gives governors the tools to evaluate the effectiveness of wellbeing in the school. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the NGA, who are committed to the wellbeing agenda, to create a tool which has the capacity to raise the profile and the effectiveness of whole school wellbeing.”

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