'Mental Health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.'
World Health Organization (WHO)
'People thrive in community and function best when they share praise, comfort, happiness and humour with people they like and respect. In addition to emotional exchange and instrumental assistance, this kind of social support reaffirms a person's membership in a group with shared values.'
Christina Maslach: University of California at Berkeley. World expert in Workplace Burnout since 1970s.
Welcome from Steve Waters
Find out how the Teach Well Alliance can help your school to implement a culture of staff wellbeing and mental health.
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'There is Another Way'.
Ofsted Inspection Framework
Sept 2019 Onwards
For the first time since Ofsted was formed in 1992, teacher wellbeing is included in the final judgement.
Does your school act to reduce teacher workload, improve staff wellbeing and
prevent staff bullying and harassment?
Leadership and Management
Education Inspection Framework
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Section 29. Inspectors will make a judgement on the effectiveness of leadership and management by evaluating the extent to which:
Leaders engage with their staff and are aware and take account of the main pressures on them. They are realistic and constructive in the way that they manage staff, including their workload.
Leaders protect their staff from bullying and harassment.
School Inspection Handbook
Outstanding Leadership and Management
Page 77. Section 277.
In order for the leadership and management of a school to be judged outstanding, it must meet all the good criteria securely and consistently, and it must also meet the additional outstanding criteria (below):
..Leaders ensure that highly effective and meaningful engagement takes place with staff at all levels and that issues are identified. When issues are identified, in particular about workload, they are consistently dealt with appropriately and quickly.
Staff consistently report high levels of support for well-being issues.
Waters Index of Leadership Support for Teachers’ Wellbeing and Mental Health
If our school were to be assessed in an Ofsted inspection on the Waters Index alone:
We would score 3 or 4 which would be 'Good' or 'Outstanding'
We would score 1 which would be 'Requires Improvement'
We would score -2 or -1 which would be 'Inadequate'
The Waters Index of Leadership Support for Teachers' Wellbeing and Mental Health is based on an interpretation of the statements in the Inspection Handbook on workload, well-being, bullying and harassment
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Waters Index of Teacher Burnout
Are you - or are the staff in your school - suffering from Teacher Burnout?
Use as an individual self-evaluation tool, or with the whole staff to get an overview
Waters Matrix: Leadership Support for Teachers' Work/Life Balance
How is your school work/life balance? How is the work/life balance of the staff?
Read how other schools have implemented a culture of staff wellbeing
Teach Well Toolkit
Our flagship programme to enable you to implement a culture of staff wellbeing and mental health.
Guiding you every step of the way.
Training and Courses
The Teach Well Alliance offers a range of training and courses on teacher wellbeing and mental health
We also customise bespoke professional development and
support for your school
We have a range of individual and
Gain recognition for your school's commitment to staff wellbeing and mental health
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