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Academy trust CEO advocates ‘wellbeing days’ as a way of improving staff retention
Dan Morrow, CEO of the Woodland Academy Trust, offers staff three wellbeing days a year for ‘whatever they need’, claiming that this has reduced the proportion of staff leaving the trust, halved staff absences and saved over £100,000 on recruitment costs. Read more…
New poll shows gaps in Relationship and Sex Education
A poll of a thousand young people shows gaps in RSE, with 52% of respondents thinking more time should be spent on the subject, 34% wanting it to be taken more seriously and around 20% feeling they had not been taught enough about healthy/abusive relationships and sexual exploitation. Read more…
New National Schools Commissioner outlines his goals
Dominic Herrington, the new NSC, spoke at the Academies Show in November where he pledged to make headteacher boards more transparent and to focus more on smaller MATs, who he calls ‘the unsung heroes’ of the system. Read more...
Renew enthusiasm for CPD
All staff are told they must undertake CPD, and most are extremely enthusiastic when sent on one-day courses or larger programmes. However, this enthusiasm often wanes with twilight sessions when energy levels are low. Many educational institutions simply don’t have the funds to send all staff on face-to-face courses, meaning training days are sporadic and middle or senior leaders are usually the ones attending.
It is therefore easy for many staff members to forget the benefits of CPD and that it can help them further pupil outcomes, achieve their career ambitions, improve workplace culture and feel more confident in their role.
We created the CPD Library to help renew this enthusiasm, as it gives all staff the opportunity to access CPD, at a time and place that suits them.
For more information about the benefits of CPD to staff members, why not read our free course, CPD Explained? Please feel free to share the link with members of staff in your trust.
Please consider contributing to future issues of the Academy Update. We are keen to receive brief pieces (150-250 words) offering advice on good practice and problem solving for leaders of MATs. I look forward to hearing from you.
Rachel Maton, Editor
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