Staff Well Being

Below are 50 + things we do at Kippax Ash Tree to promote staff well being:

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Teaching, Learning, Planning, Curriculum:

• Voices and Choices curriculum ethos – children lead the direction of the topic through big questions
• No pressure to put on a show – no observation grading
• LTP curriculum designed by SLT for the staff
• Schemes of work to be adapted to fit the needs of your children
• Teachers plan their best approaches to learning in their classrooms
• Differentiation – teach from the top model with some children requiring more support than others
• HLTA in each phase for in house cover and support
• In house Speech and Language intervention
• In house Pastoral Worker to support with children and families
• SLT run booster groups for Y6 before and after school to help out with the learning
• SLT available to model and team teach as needed
• Full-time technician to support and keep all the tech running in school


• Everyone has the highest of expectations with behaviour – all staff not just teaching staff
• Clear behaviour system and school rules
• SLT run Keep Calm club at lunch times
• Try to use internal cover to cover teachers
• Pivotal positive behaviour system
• SLT ‘on call’ to support with behaviour conversations
• Planned lunch time rota with range of activities to keep children engaged and busy at lunch times
• Dojo to support our positive behaviour approach and support relationships


• Give as much valuable oral feedback where possible
• ‘No more marking’ national moderation activities for writing
• Marking is for one audience and one audience only – never tick and flick
• We never ask for the same data to be entered twice
• Reports to parents are taken directly from o-track
• Dojo allows for positive parent and teacher relationships to build
• SLT analyse assessment and data reports for teachers and support action planning

Professional Development:

• CPD tailored to staff needs
• Staff meeting time to put things in to action
• Assessment update time given to staff
• CPD to support staff often given as time in lieu
• In house subject leadership allowing for leaders to be in house experts in their leadership field and support other staff (SENCO lead, SCIENCE lead etc)
• Targeted support plans for teachers who need some extra support and development
• Few meetings; as and when basis
• Develop leadership positions amongst middle leaders
• Comprehensive support for NQTs with dedicated mentors and regular meetings.
• Comprehensive support for Red Kite students with dedicated mentors and regular meetings.
• Performance management meetings – data targets are aspirational – we begin with the assumption that everyone will get a pay rise unless they haven't done all they can to improve pupil outcomes.

Staff well being:

• There are no prizes for staying late – work in a way that suits you and allows you to make time for your family and yourself.
• No expectation of answering emails outside school time
• 7pm-7am email curfew
• Constantly trying the streamline processes so systems take less time.
• No tick box culture – never do anything unless it’s going to make a positive difference
• Surveys for staff – honest opinions how can we improve?
• Staff shout out board
• A culture of positive praise (Pivotal green and gold behaviour system)
• Open door SLT – no problem is too small
• Staff social events out of school hours
• In school health events
• Seasonal event for everyone to showcase their less serious side – Themed days, World Book Day, Christmas Jumper Day etc
• Well – Being health checks
• Parents evening starts at 2pm so staff don’t have to stay too late
• Thank you Staff breakfasts
• Thank you Staff lunch
• Secret buddy
• PPA with colleague teacher to share the load.
• Lieu time for support staff coming to additional training
• Staff can visit the Fare Share ‘pay as you feel’ shop before anyone else
• End of term collective activities in the hall to support with the ‘end of term-ness
• Weekly ‘thank you’ shared in staff briefing and on briefing notes
• Year 6 roles and responsibilities provides extra help and support to staff