Workload, retention and the importance of staff wellbeing have been frequent educational headlines in 2018. Headteachers and senior leaders increasingly find themselves under pressure to deal with the impact of teacher shortages, burnout and work-related stress on the effective running of their schools.
School leaders are communicating an urgent need for strategies, supportive approaches to tackling workload and useable resources to support staff morale in a challenging educational context. With so much change happening, school staff are widely reporting feelings of acute stress combined with an inability to manage the demands of their working lives.
In response to this prevalent national issue, we are pleased to offer this brand new conference for Autumn 2018, which brings together leading experts who will address key issues and implications of the recent focus on staff wellbeing, retention and workload in schools.
Key Focus Points for the day include:
- Addressing the problem of school workload and generating whole school strategies solutions
- Empowering teachers to take control of their workload
- Creating a climate that supports staff mental health and wellbeing
- Adaptable workload strategies: zero cost solutions that will have a direct impact
- Ofsted key messages on workload and retention
- Leadership strategies which improve the retention rates of talented teachers
- Creating a school culture where all can flourish
“Really effective conference. Sessions were well delivered and focussed/relevant.”
Uxbridge High School
“Strong overall impressions – well organised, varied programme and valuable resources. Has met my expectations of a conference in that it has given me much food for thought, stimulated ideas and provided me with some methods & strategies to take away.”
Kingsbury High School, London
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- Gain inspiration from experts on how you can build a robust, healthy and valued teaching profession
- Benefit from leadership strategies which explore the leadership themes that will effectively lead to strategic, sustained culture change in workload management
- Benefit from an Ofsted commended assessment system which reduces time investment in assessment and feedback
- Be inspired by powerful ‘workload specific’ coaching strategies for capacity building
- Choose from a wide variety of sessions all focussed on providing real, tested and varied solutions to the challenges of workload management and culture change
- Take away key factors on how to address and prevent teacher burnout
|DATE||London Friday 16 November 2018|
|WHO FOR?||Headteachers and principals
Senior leadership team members
Educational policy makers
Agencies supporting teacher workload and mental health
School governors and trustees
9.50 – 10.00am: Introduction & Welcome
Jo McShane (Chair)
10.00 – 10.50am: Retention: Addressing the teacher crisis through professional development
David Weston CEO Teacher Development Trust
- What kind of teacher development improves recruitment, retention and pupil outcomes?
- How do school leaders encourage teachers to build their careers in the profession?
- What can schools do to drive such change now?
10.50 – 11.10am: Morning Refreshments
11.10 – 11.50am: Empowering teachers to take control of their workload
Ross McGill Founder of ‘Teacher Toolkit’ bestselling author
- How do we empower teachers to take control of their workload?
- What changes will this require school leaders to make?
- What are the risks of doing nothing?
- How do we build a robust, healthy and valued teaching profession starting at school-level?
11.50 – 12.40pm: Embracing School Change Through Wellbeing and Appreciative Enquiry
Alison Kriel Headteacher, CEO, educational and leadership consultant
- How and why I embraced culture change, what I did to get results, why this matters and what school leaders can take away
12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch
1.40 – 2.35pm: OPTION STRAND 1
Either Option 1A: Ensuring Staff feel Valued: principles and practices
- Why bother with ‘valuing staff’ and how is this different from wellbeing?
- How do ‘flourishing schools’ invest in valuing their staff?
- 3 key steps school leaders can take to create a culture of value and productivity
Jo McShane Teacher Educator, educational researcher, director at Jo McShane Education
Or Option 1B: Ofsted: workload management and teacher retention
- Ofsted’s response to workload and retention issues
- ‘Myth Busting’ and messages from the new framework
Mike Sheridan HMI Regional Director, London
Or Option 1C: Implementing a coaching for stress strategy
- Why is coaching a more effective way to tackle staff anxiety?
- Mobilising middle leaders to become an essential ‘coaching for stress’ team
Claire Grosvenor Performance coach, Director of CG Associates
Or Option 1D: Assessment: increasing the Impact of feedback to reduce teacher workload
- Is the time invested by your staff in assessment feedback driving unnecessary workload?
- Adaptive, whole school systems for reducing the time investment in and impact of marking and feedback
Neil Donlan Experienced senior leader school-improvement coach, mathematics lead
2.35 – 2.45pm: Afternoon refreshments
2.45 – 3.40pm:OPTION STRAND 2
Either Option 2A: Preventing & Addressing Teacher Burnout: six key factors
- An outline of the DfE Workload Challenge, March 2018
- Why this is only part of the picture, and how to address the other factors in addressing and preventing teacher burnout
Steve Waters Director and founder of TeachWell Alliance
Or Option 2B: Supporting Staff Mental Health: essential strategies for leaders
- Embedding positive attitudes to mental health in school
- ‘It’s OK not to be OK’; supporting staff with mental health issues
Sam Collins Founder ‘SchoolWell’
Or Option 2C: Improving strategically focussed CPD
- A strategic focus on improving staff culture, maximising teacher retention and building thriving and well-staffed schools
- What can school leaders do to build and retain strong and committed teams?
Maria Cunningham Programme Officer, Teacher Development Trust
Or Option 2D: ‘10 Quick Fixes’ to reduce workload for immediate change
- Practical strategies for implementing immediate and effective changes
- Ten ‘take away’ strategies for high-impact, sustained improvements in whole-school wellbeing culture
- Chosen strategies from DfE workload
Jo McShane Teacher Educator, educational researcher, director at Jo McShane Education
Jo is writer, speaker and director at jomcshane.co.uk, which delivers both national and global educational services, leadership support and research development in Education. In addition to 23 years’ service in the teaching profession, Jo has enjoyed 12 years of success in university and school senior leadership. Jo leads a national project to address teacher workload and recently compiled ‘The Little Book of Flourishing Schools’ which captures best practices of school leaders who enable staff to thrive via positive working practices.
Ross also known as @TeacherToolkit, the ‘most followed educator on Twitter in the UK’ is founder of one of the most popular education websites in the world. He is an award-winning blogger, author and teacher with over 25 years teaching and school leadership experience in some the most challenging schools in London. Ross is the only classroom teacher to have been nominated for The Sunday Times ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain 2015‘ and is an active voice for teacher value and retention.
David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, and the Chair of the Department for Education’s Teacher Development Expert Group. He is an author, school governor and a former secondary maths and physics teacher. David is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. Through his work, David champions the need to value teachers and improve retention via carefully designed professional development.
Alison is an experienced Head Teacher with a demonstrated history of high attainment in education management. She has a passion for staff and pupil wellbeing, the celebration of the teaching profession, inclusion and diversity and she enjoys supporting school leaders and schools facing demanding challenges. Alison turned around a failing school within a deprived area of London from the bottom 1% to the top 0.1% in 3 years, after which the school has consistently been listed within the top 100 schools nationwide.
Mike Sherridan HMI
Mike is Ofsted Regional Director for London. He was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors in 2009. He is a qualified teacher and, prior to being employed by Ofsted, held several leadership roles. Most recently he was the head teacher of a federation of schools. Mike has also worked as a consultant and a trainer for heads and teachers and has particular expertise in teaching and the impact leadership structures have on raising standards.
Sam is a practising primary specialist with 24 years’ experience in the profession. She is also the founder of schoolwell.co.uk, which maintains an extensive directory of wellbeing resources for school staff. Sam writes, hosts wellbeing-based blogs and is part of ‘TeachWellFest’, the Teacher Wellness Festival at Passmore’s Academy, Essex. Sam supports schools as a mentor with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, based at Leeds Beckett University.
Claire has been a teacher and Head of Drama for over fourteen years and went on to become Director of Arts in Nottingham City. She works as a facilitator and trainer within many spheres of education, from PGCE courses at a variety of universities, to primary and secondary school consultancy. She has worked successfully with a diverse range of audiences to great success. Claire develops school systems that are built on people, that put people first.
Neil has worked in 2 schools via the journey of Special Measures to Good as both Middle and Senior Leader. He has worked effectively to introduce processes to improve teacher workload and lower stress whilst increasing impact, with external verification of the success of these. This has been at whole school level as well as through individual staff/department level via coaching and mentoring. Neil has also completed CPD with the Chimp Management programme for stress management and working with others.
Steve is the founder and director of the Teach Well Alliance (www.teachwellalliance.com), which works in partnership with schools to prevent and tackle burnout and create a culture of wellbeing in the school community. Steve has 30 years’ teaching experience, including as a middle and senior leader, and 6 years as a school improvement consultant in a Local Authority. Steve also has a professional qualification in counselling, is a Mental Health First Aider and an associate trainer with the Shaw Mind Foundation.