Policies and Procedures

Reducing barriers to learning.


Embedding emotional and mental health values in a schools Policies and Procedures is crucial to creating a culture that supports its staff wellbeing. This section includes a range of policy and procedure ideas and examples for you to use and adapt.

   Establishing a Wellbeing Committee

Successfully establishing and maintaining an effective Wellbeing Committee can be vital in embedding a culture of support in relation to the emotional and mental health of school staff. An effective Wellbeing committee can be a vehicle for positive change and constructive feedback.

The below document is a practical tool document relating to the establishment of a Wellbeing Committee supported by the Dfe:

   Mental Health Policy – Staff and Students

Promoting mental health in schools is crucial not only for its students, but also for its staff. Having a well thought through and clear mental health policy than encompasses both staff and students can be an effective tool in the journey to embed strong emotional and mental health values across a school.

Mentallyhealthyschools.org has collected a range of Mental Health Policy examples from schools around the country which you can use to design and model your own. You can view those here:

www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources

   NASUWT – Model Wellbeing Policy

The NASUWT (The National Association of Schoolmasters / Union of Women Teachers) has published a model wellbeing policy for schools to adapt. Adopting a Wellbeing policy for staff is a vital step on the journey to embedding the values of emotional and mental health in staff.

You can find the resources here:

   School Workload Reduction Toolkit

Managing staff workload is a vital strain of any school culture that actively engages with and supports its staffs emotional and mental health.

This toolkit is a set of practical resources for school leaders and teachers to help reduce workload, produced by school leaders, teachers and other sector experts together with DfE.

www.gov.uk/guidance/school-workload-reduction-toolkit#identify-workload-issues-in-your-school

   Workload and Wellbeing Action Plan

Successfully embedding Workload and Wellbeing Action Plans for your staff can be vital in cementing a culture of support in relation to the emotional and mental health of school staff. Effective Workload and Wellbeing Action Plans can be a vehicle for continuous progress, quick identification of issues and long-term embedded support.

The below document is a practical tool document relating to the use of Workload and Wellbeing Action Plans supported by the Dfe: