50 Ways to Improve Teacher Wellbeing


Below is a list of 50 ways to improve Teacher Wellbeing.  This list was produced by Stress

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Free Teacher and it is hoped that this will be shared extensively through Social Media but more importantly through schools by placing them in the hands of Headteachers, Senior Leaders and on Staffroom notice boards.  Staff Wellbeing is paramount to the effective running and sustainability of good practise in schools.  Avoid these tips to the peril of your staff.


1  Make staff feel valued

2 Make staff feel part of the team

3 Recognise your staff’s efforts

4 Recognise when a staff member has gone over and above for the school.

5 Praise excellent achievement

6 Praise good achievement

7 Praise initiative when used

8 Allow teachers to be creative with ideas

9 Allow teachers to express their thoughts and feelings openly without being cristicised

10 Listen to your staff (Honestly with a helpful attitude)

11 Know when your staff have issues at home

12 Organise days or INSET sessions to bond together without a curriculum agenda

13 Give teachers adequate time to work on projects or initiatives

14 Allow staff time to converse and share ideas

15 Be constructive and offer advice

16 Direct staff to appropriate support agencies or resources

17 Put plans in place to support struggling staff

18 Support staff before an issue arises where staff feel ill

19 Create a space for staff to voice their opinions eg. a noticeboard


20 Oragnise staff nights out together not just at Christmas

21 Celebrate the achievements and hard work of staff

22 Praise and reward the staff that give up weekends with family for Residential trips

23 Recognise the uniqueness of the individual

24 Use positive praise and encouragement with all staff

25 Use the staff’s strengths


26 Develop the staff’s weaknesses

27 Be prepared to cover a class if a member of staff is ill or suffering

28 Comfort staff that are showing high levels of stress

29 Support staff that are suffering with anxiety from workload

30 Try not to overburden staff with too much work

31 Give members of staff a sense of pride for a job well done

32 Motivate staff through incentives and initiatives

33 Let staff collaborate in order to share the workload

34 Allow staff enough time to embed a new idea, initiative or policy

35 Try not to change too many policies at once

36 Try not to over burden staff with policies that are unmanageable

37 Try not to isolate staff that or not members of SLT

38 Put a measure in place to ensure PT staff hear the same message as FT staff

39 Treat all staff equally – not just the ones who are performing best

40 Share ideas regarding good practise across the staff

41 Don’t tarnish all staff with the same brush following observations and book looks

42 Tell staff individually (not collectively) of areas they need to improve upon

43 Be someone who leads by example to the rest of the staff

44 Be someone who genuinely cares for the wellbeing of the staff

45 Listen to the staff when they mention that morale is low and act

46 Be proactive and not reactive to the needs of the staff

47 Allow enough time for staff to meet deadlines

48 Keep any staff meetings to an agreed time schedule

49 Provide adequate resources for the staff to carry out their roles

50 Be an advocate for Teacher Wellbeing!