How to run welfare checks for school staff
Know how to conduct wellbeing checks with your staff so you can effectively provide support and respond to any problems they have. Download our list of discussion questions to help you prepare.
What are welfare checks and why should we do them?
Also called wellbeing checks, they're a chance for staff to:
- Talk about how they're feeling in general and how they're coping with their work
- Raise any concerns they have
- Seek support if they need it
Welfare checks are different from performance-related meetings, which focus on professional goals.
There's no statutory requirement to offer welfare checks, but it's a chance for you to understand how your staff are doing, address problems and provide any support they need.
How to conduct effective checks
There's no one right way to do them
Our associate education expert Lorraine Petersen suggests you could have an initial meeting
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