As mentioned in our Vision and Values statement and ADIP, we pursue Excellence for All
in six strategic areas of academy life in order to become the best school around. And one of these key strategic areas is D) Developing Staff and Governors. Indeed, we passionately believe that human resources are the most important resources in the Academy and we are committed to ensuring that our staff feel happy, cared for, listened to and professionally equipped to fulfil their role to the highest possible standard.
Therefore, we have developed a simple, clear Staff Wellbeing Strategy, made up of ten strands, which forms an important part of our Health and Safety Policy. We have formalised our approach and to staff wellbeing and are making it Academy policy in order guarantee transparency and accountability in our drive to care for and develop our staff.
The ten strands to our Staff Wellbeing Strategy are as follows:
- An open and collaborative approach to leadership so that staff feel informed, empowered and
- High quality, rigorous induction processes to ensure that employees are supported to settle and
establish themselves quickly.
- High quality, ongoing professional development to ensure that staff feel well-equipped and
confident to fulfil their role in an effective and satisfying way.
- Recognition and praise for doing their jobs well.
- Reducing/managing workload so that staff can focus on doing the key things of their role well and
can retain a healthy sense of work-life balance.
- Feel-good initiatives to build a sense of community and enjoyment about coming to work.
- Equipping staff to develop their own resilience and well-being.
- Providing on-site services to help maintain a work-life balance.
- Regular stress risk-assessments for individuals/teams with targeted support where appropriate.
- Flexible working arrangements for staff, to build trust and help retain work-life balance.
Our Directory of Staff Benefits, which is designed to give a flavour of some of the key ‘perks’ of working at EDA, address many of these strands (such as 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10)