How can we improve staff meetings?
Are your staff meetings filled with information that could frankly be an email? Boring meetings can really create a lull in staff morale. Here are some ways to spice up your staff meetings, getting the best from your team.
Improving Staff Meetings
- Begin with a five minute discussion point: highlights of the week, moments of gratitude, something new that’s been learnt, your favourite lesson this week. This engages everyone and encourages reflection.
- At the start of the year, ask the team to vote on the types of CPD they’d appreciate. Use your school action plan to make suggestions, examples might include: marking workload, maths, spelling, mental health, planning etc.
- Leave key dates and mundane day to day information to an email and ensure these are communicated on the calendar. Staff meetings that are filled with managerial information are a waste of time.
- If you’re looking for things to ‘fill’ a meeting one week, don’t have one! Staff are guaranteed to love the extra time.
- Empower middle leaders by asking them to lead parts of the staff meeting to develop the team.
- Stick to the timings. A normal weekly meeting should be an hour or less and ideally only occur once a week. If your meetings are regularly going over time or happening on multiple evenings, something isn’t quite right.
- Bring treats. Enough said.