We don’t need to tell you how important it is for you as teachers to look after yourselves and the rest of your team. We can’t look after our pupils properly if we aren’t mindful of our own health and wellbeing.
We do however know that keeping morale high is no easy task.
In order to find the best way to approach whole team wellbeing, we picked the brains of a man in the know. Chris Dyson is headteacher and National Leader of Education in an outstanding National Support School. He not only leads an award-winning, outstanding school in Leeds, but he goes above and beyond to ensure that his staff at Parkland’s are happy and supported.
Chris’s leadership practice is renowned. At Parkland’s wellbeing is everything. When Chris first arrived at the school, staff morale was at rock bottom, there had been 150 exclusions and 5 heads in the past year. The school was deemed ‘inadequate'. The staff were crying out for empowerment. They needed to be trusted and believed in and needed to feel part of a team.
The school community now is a very different place. Chris’s passion and commitment to an aligned approach to education and wellbeing has left the whole school community singing off the same hymn sheet. Belief and drive have been instilled into the staff and children.
With that in mind, we asked Chris to share his top tips for improving staff morale and wellbeing. Here’s what he had to say:
Every member of the team feels valued and respected. Staff are happy and smiling which means the whole school community is happy and smiling. We retain our staff, no one wants to leave and sick days are genuine sick days.
Standards continue to rise, despite being the most deprived primary school in Leeds with 82% Pupil Premium Children, Parkland’s are in the top 5% of schools in the country in Reading and Writing, and the top 1% of schools in Maths.