Workload and Wellbeing Checklist for Schools

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How do you know if your school is genuinely reducing teacher workload?

This document is for every headteacher working in a school or college; a self-evaluation without the hassle of reams and reams of paperwork. Either complete this yourself as a headteacher, or if you are brave enough, simply hand out the 2-page document to every member of your leadership team to self-reflect on what decisions you make as a school and its impact on teacher workload.

Student Led or Visitor Led?

In my research, it is clear that many of these questions are driven by school leaders’ perceptions of what we believe ‘external visitors’ want to see. Particularly when they arrive to quality assure the standards of education offered at a school. Many, if not all processes, are purely driven by ‘what we’ve always done’ rather than modelling what the research suggests.

Download this document at the foot of this post and simply respond with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ to each question.

School Workload and Wellbeing Health Check by @TeacherToolkit

School Workload and Wellbeing Health Check by @TeacherToolkit

Download

You can download the resource in PDF format. This is a document I produced and shared at my ASCL Annual Conference workshop on Saturday 10th March 2018: Common Sense School Leadership. If you are feeling confident, why not hand a copy out to all teaching staff?

 

@TeacherToolkit

In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

15 thoughts on “Workload and Wellbeing Checklist for Schools

  • 18th March 2018 at 8:33 am
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    This is a great review tool and thank you for putting it out there. It would be helpful if you gave a review of the score/outcome that you perceive as the ideal.

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    • 19th March 2018 at 3:40 am
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      Hi Paul – thanks… will give that a thought. What would you say is the bench mark? I wonder if all questions should be geared to a yes/no to make it worthy, as I think they way I’ve set it up requires both responses?

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    • 12th April 2018 at 1:02 pm
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      Interesting request. Slightly ironic considering the subject matter. Do teachers love a quantifiable value to measure against and be measured by? I would say be careful to create your own areas of priority and ethos for your school rather than having Ross or anyone else tell you what an ’ideal score’ on a checklist is for your context.

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      • 12th April 2018 at 1:28 pm
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        Completely agree. Hope the document generates people to think about their issues more than anything else …

  • 18th March 2018 at 9:22 am
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    I think this is useful but could do with some additions particularly in respect of proactive strategies for improving T & L through professional dialogue and the same for well being. Might be worth putting it out there (Twitter?) for ideas? Certainly a document which could be developed into a really useful reflection tool.

    Nice one.

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    • 19th March 2018 at 3:43 am
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      Already posted on Twitter – no feedback other than RTs. It’s a good start …

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  • 18th March 2018 at 10:33 am
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    It would be useful if you could let us know what the answer should be to some of the questions as, from what I’ve been told, the ideal situation would be ‘yes’ to some and ‘no’ to others… but I’m not sure if my perception is correct!

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  • 23rd March 2018 at 9:41 am
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    Thanks for this – our SMT had a great discussion based around this last night. It would help, as others have posted, if there were some clarifications on what the intended ‘right’ solutions are. As it is, we think we’ve agreed on the right approach in each case, and we’ve got some areas we’ve made good progress towards and areas we need to work further on! A very useful exercise.

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    • 23rd March 2018 at 2:10 pm
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      Hi David – good to know this has provoked a discussion. I wouldn’t want to say what the right answers are, as one solution doesn’t fit all schools. However, if you’re a regular reader here, you’ll soon understand my preferences are designed to flip the system and put teachers back at the heart of teaching and learning. Thanks, Ross.

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  • 26th March 2018 at 8:41 am
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    Hi Ross, this is really useful thanks. I am taking to our Wellbeing Group meeting tonight so will let you know how I get on.
    all the best, Russell (@plestered)

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  • 17th September 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    Very helpful checklist. Provides an excellent template for schools to adapt to their own context. I would like to offer this as a resource to signpost how schools might consider workload, as one component of well-being when implementing my Teach Well Toolkit. I will attribute the resource to you, Ross. Is this OK with you?

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