Some ways to kick start or improve staff wellbeing

Here are some ideas for improving staff wellbeing in schools, or any institution really. They’re just little prompts I can go into more details about later if people would like more thoughts. Some you might already do, some might not be for you.

Acknowledge it’s important.

Say it to yourself, say it to your colleagues. My wellbeing is important. Your wellbeing is important.

Take responsibility. You are responsible. Response – able. Able to make a response.

(With thanks to Stephen R Covey and his ‘7 Habits’ materials.)

There are things you can do now, without help or permission. Take 5 mins to do a breathing exercise at the start of the day. Watch 5 mins of your favourite comedian on youtube. Experiment, find something small that works, do it everyday.

Set up a Staff Wellbeing group that meets regularly.

Make the meetings something people look forward to. Begin with the end in mind. (Thanks again to Stephen R Covey, google him!) The meetings should leave people feeling better for having attended.

Talk to each other. Check in.

All staff. It’s not an excuse to whine! Listen to each other. But know any conversation should come around to positive action. Make pro-actively dealing with challenges part of the culture. (If it’s not already…)

Get together with the wider community and and the wider TEACHING community. 

Don’t limit conversations just to your school. All schools and staff are facing these challenges. What could we achieve working with friends and colleagues from neighbouring schools?

Plan fun things. Individually and as an institution. Put fun on your to-do list.

Socialising is important for most people. If things are tough, make sure you have regular lights at the end (or even better, in the middle) of the tunnel.

Think about your habits and rituals.

What direction are they taking you in? Do your current habits support your current goals, or the way you would like things to be in the future.


– As I said at the start, just some prompts to point our brains in a wellbeing direction. Have a great week.

John Blackburn

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