Staff are our most important resource and are valued, supported and encouraged to develop personally and professionally within a learning and caring community. We believe there is a relationship between healthy, positive staff and school improvement and are committed to our duties as an employer to ensure policies and practices are sensitive to staff wellbeing.
IKB’s practices aim to support staff health and minimise the harm from stress and to create a school ethos where all staff feel valued, with respect, empathy and honesty forming the cornerstones of all school relationships.
Leaders at all levels take wellbeing seriously: staff wellbeing is an area on the school improvement plan and an item at our weekly senior leadership team meeting. Staff voice is regularly considered and due to the size and nature of the school staff are encouraged to meet with their line manager or a member of SLT to voice any concerns they may have.
We invest in staff welfare through:
We encourage and invest in staff health and fitness through:
We support staff wellbeing through our school organisation:
Effective communication aims to support staff via:
We aim to reduce workload through:
Effective leadership aims to empower staff through:
Working in partnership across the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, we’re proud to offer teachers and leaders, at all stages in their career, high quality training and professional development.
We provide weekly opportunities for staff to come together to share best practice within our school and regular subject networks allow staff to develop work with staff from across our family of schools. Our staff training is practitioner led and directly linked to needs identified through self-evaluation and personalised to staff career stage and aspirations. We have a well-developed structure for curriculum specific CPDL led by Curriculum Team Champions who work across curriculum areas to share best practice and develop their leadership skills.
Training is best when it is bespoke and we have a successful induction programme for all new staff that is matched to career stage and that includes buddying and mentoring and is led by Leading Teachers from across the trust. For aspiring or recently appointed middle leaders, the Leading from the Middle programme allows staff to work on action research and work with leaders from across the trust, whilst our staff are also offered a variety of other leadership programmes from other local providers.
Our annual WMAT Conference provides staff from across the trust to come together and share best practice across phase and stage. The ever growing event opens with a key note speaker carefully chosen to be relevant to all staff and is followed by a wide choice of sessions for staff to choose from.