'There is a strong caring and nurturing ethos in the school.'
'Staff are extremely proud to work at the school.'
The wellbeing of staff is central to the wellbeing of the school and of the children. Teachers who are well are more able to support children effectively and to cope with the stresses that come with teaching. Staff retention is high and many staff have worked at school for over fifteen years.
Ofsted has been clear through its myth-busting that they do not prescribe workload expectations but look to see if what a school says it does happens in practice.
As a school it has been a priority to evaluate current systems and actively look for ways to reduce workload for staff. A staff questionnaire highlighted some areas for development and this will be revisited on a regular basis. Some of our initiatives are listed below.
- Increased non contact time for subject leaders over the year.
- New online assessment software and a significant reduction in recorded assessment tasks
- Collection of evidence reduced across subjects
- New safeguarding reporting system to reduce paperwork and increase efficiency
- Staff leading clubs given additional non contact time
- Staff directed to not answer emails outside of working hours and to allow 2 working days for replies
- Parents asked to reduce direct enquiries to class teachers and to access information from the restructured website
- School marking policy reviewed and whole class feedback trialled
- School homework systems reviewed and online maths homework extended from Y6 to across school
- Online spelling and Purple mash tasks also available to set work online from Spring 2020
- Reporting to parents reviewed and a new format linked with assessment software to be trialled in 2020
- Peer mentoring to be trialled
- Early morning weekly yoga sessions available to staff