How to review your staff wellbeing policy

Find everything you need to review and approve your school's wellbeing policy, including what to look for in the policy and key questions to ask your school leaders.

Last reviewed on 17 March 2023
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  1. Key facts
  2. Key points to look out for
  3. Key questions to challenge the policy
  4. Model policy: maintained schools and trusts
  5. Examples from schools
  6. Further reading and resources

Key points to look out for

Below we suggest what might be included in a staff wellbeing policy but, since it’s not statutory, policies can vary.

Aims and objectives

Your policy should state how it aims to support staff wellbeing through things like:

  • Working to improve areas that staff have identified as having a negative impact on their physical or mental health
  • Building a supportive work environment
  • Acknowledging that staff needs can change over time
  • Supporting healthy work/life balance
  • Providing support for specific wellbeing issues that staff might experience
  • Making staff aware of their role in working towards whole-school wellbeing

Roles and responsibilities

Governing board will be mindful of its duty of care to staff, monitor the effectiveness of the policy and hold the headteacher to account If you're in a MAT, make sure the policy is clear on which responsibilities sit at trust level and which

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