Teacher Recruitment and Retention
There is a shortage of qualified teachers in certain subjects and areas.
- Teachers can be paid a recruitment and retention allowance from M1 to M6.
- Teachers are given as much support as possible, either through help with their well-being, or other initiatives to lessen the burden of their work.
- The Education Space can support schools with their recruitment by making use of their social media handles/platforms.
Performance Management and Appraisal
Ensuring consistent and effective performance appraisals for staff.
- Schools should have an appraisal policy in place. It is recommended that schools adopt the LA’s model appraisal policy, which has been negotiated and agreed with the unions.
- Managers are trained in conducting fair and constructive performance assessments.
- Staff should have regular supervision and one-on-ones.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Adhering to strict safeguarding policies and procedures to protect the well-being of students.
- Ensure that all staff are trained on safeguarding policies and procedures. It is recommended that schools do this at the start of the academic year and each term, as well as being covered in regular staff briefings.
- Schools carry out thorough pre-employment checks.
Workforce Well-being and Mental Health
Addressing the mental health and well-being of both staff and students.
- Have in place an employee assistance programme to offer counselling support to staff.
- Appointment of a mental health first aider, offer mental health resources and wellness programmes for staff.
- Offer a well-being day to staff.
Union Relations and Industrial Action
Navigating negotiations and potential disputes with teachers’ unions.
- HR maintains an open and longstanding relationship with the unions. There is a clear channel of communication for addressing all disputes.