Staff Development and Wellbeing
At Brooklands School we value our staff and Governors and see them as education's best resource. We actively encourage their professional development.
We recognise that Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL) promotes high morale, motivation, self esteem and collegiality in the workforce.
At Brooklands we believe in the philosophy that "effective teachers should take ownership and give a high priority to professional development".
Staff development is necessary to ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding to deliver the school aims. Our school is a learning organisation for the adults within it as well as the pupils.
All staff members, at all stages of their careers, have an entitlement to high-quality continuing professional development and learning here. At Brooklands we are committed to staff development and ensure that it is balanced between school and individual priorities, and we are exceptionally proud of the way our staff embrace their own learning and development.
As well as our high quality in-house CPDL provision, we also use a range of partners to support our staff with their learning:
Brooklands school is incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic team of staff members who help make the school a happy and supportive place to work.
Good staff well-being is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school, for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting student well-being.
Teachers and support staff in schools frequently have to juggle a multitude of different tasks and demands and it is vital that everyone is given the right emotional and practical support so they can , in turn support the students.
Staff well-being can also improve performance and job satisfaction and help the wider school community feel like a happier and more secure environment.
The school has just introduced a Staff Mental Health & Well-being Committee to help give staff members the opportunity to discuss their views on how to improve and develop on staff well-being within the workplace. Some fantastic ideas have come from previous committee meetings and even if you do not want to be part of the team we happily welcome any ideas or suggestions that you may have. If however, you are interested in joining the committee please contact Mrs Harper or Mrs Woodburn.
Its okay not to feel okay
Mental health is the way we think and feel. We all go through times when we feel worried, confused or down. Mental health problems are when difficulties get in the way of how we think or feel. This can mean that we find it hard to cope with family life, relationships, work or the wider world.
72% of education staff describe themselves as stressed at work (rising to 84% of senior leaders) according to the 2021 Teacher Wellbeing Index from Education Support.
And 77% say they have experienced symptoms of poor mental health due to their work
If you feel that you are unable to manage your workload or the added stresses that come with it is really important that you speak to somebody in school. These concerns can be shared with your Line Manager or with a member of SLT.
If however, you feel that you would prefer to speak to somebody outside of work then there are various services you can access.
Every aspect of the wellbeing wheel is included in the SAS policy
provided by the school.
The School Advisory Service contact numbers for the Well-being team:
Other services that may be able to offer support and advice regarding your mental health and well-being are listed below.
Education Support - https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/
Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/
Mental Health Foundation - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/