The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework came into force on 2 September 2019 and has placed staff wellbeing into greater focus than ever before.
There is a new requirement under the Leadership and Management section for leaders to engage effectively with their staff, to be aware and take account of the main pressures on them and be realistic and constructive in the way that they manage staff and their workload. It further provides that leaders will, ‘protect their staff from bullying and harassment’.
Further detail is provided in The School Inspection Handbook where staff workload and wellbeing is included as an important factor for inspectors to evaluate.
To achieve ‘outstanding’ in this area, leaders should ensure that there is meaningful engagement with staff and issues are identified and dealt with consistently, appropriately and quickly. Significantly, inspectors will also be noting if staff consistently report high levels of support for wellbeing.
When considering staff wellbeing, schools should also be aware of their legal obligations in this area. These include duties under the Health and Safety at Work act 1974, employee rights relating to sick leave, the right to request flexible working and the legal right to rest and screen breaks.