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How can governors support the headteacher in raising staff morale? We relay advice from 3 of our associate education experts on how governors can support the headteacher to raise staff morale. We also link to a further article from The Key which points to examples of staff wellbeing policies.

Staff morale: governors' role

We spoke to Graeme Hornsby, one of our associate education experts and a specialist in HR, about what role governors can play in helping the headteacher to raise staff morale.

Graeme said governors have to be very careful when approaching issues around staff morale. He said governors must remain strategic in such situations, and ensure they do not become involved with responsibilities usually fulfilled by line managers.

He said the governing body could work with the headteacher to reach a clear understanding of the roles of the governors, the headteacher, and the senior leadership team (SLT) in relation to staff welfare.

These roles could also be communicated to school staff, ensuring there is no overlap between staff members' expectations of governors' responsibilities and those of their line managers.

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We also spoke to Helen Cooper, another of our

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