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Last reviewed on 10 June 2020
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Find out how you can promote a healthy staff work-life balance, during coronavirus and beyond, without stepping on the toes of the day-to-day running of the school.

Be clear on your role

Unlike how the chair supports headteacher wellbeing, the way you support staff wellbeing is more hands-off.

As a board, you need to make sure that:

  • Relevant policies and processes are in place which:
    • Facilitate a healthy work-life balance among your staff
    • Don't put undue pressure on workload
  • The school adheres to the working time limits set out in the Working Time Regulations 1998
  • You don't make unreasonable demands on the time of school staff, including the headteacher
  • You support your headteacher and teachers to achieve a satisfactory work-life balance. This is a requirement for maintained schools, but good practice for all school types (see page 19 of the Governance Handbook)
  • You provide appropriate challenge and support to the headteacher, including:
    • Asking probing questions
    • Setting targets for improvement where feedback shows there are staff wellbeing issues 

Take a look at our questions below. Don't ask your headteacher all of them (there are a lot!)

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