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S2EP3: 10 Steps To Meaningfully Improve Staff Wellbeing and School Culture in 2024

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In season 2, episode 3 of the Well-Led Schools podcast I am pulling this conversation from the vault.

I was joined on the podcast at the beginning of last year by Rob Lans - school principal and expert on leading schools with wellbeing in mind. 

As we commence 2024, many schools will be focusing on ways to improve staff wellbeing yet, without a carefully planned out and focused approach many will fail to see the results they’re looking for. 

The start of the school year is the best time to reconsider your approach to staff wellbeing so you can kick off the term and year with your best foot forward. 

In this episode, we discuss ten steps you can take to better support staff wellbeing and improve school culture.


In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The value of asking your staff about their health and wellbeing and which initiatives they feel would be most supportive
  • The importance of adapting the way we lead our school to support our staff, students and community 
  • Ways to review our approach to staff collaboration, goal setting and professional development
  • Planning effective staff relationship building and collaboration opportunities 
  • Practical ways to address staff health and wellbeing that aren’t seen as tokenistic or surface level 


Links and resources

Explore how my services can help you better support staff this year:

Anonymous Staff Wellbeing Surveys: https://adriennehornby.com.au/staff-wellbeing-surveys/ 

My 6 Step Approach: https://adriennehornby.com.au/about-6-steps/ 

Well Led Schools Partnerships: https://adriennehornby.com.au/school-partnerships/ 


Related blog articles 

10 Steps to Take This Term to Improve Staff Wellbeing At Your School: https://adriennehornby.com.au/steps-to-improve-staff-wellbeing-at-your-school/ 

What Is A School Scan Of Wellbeing And Why Does Your School Need To Do One?: https://adriennehornby.com.au/what-is-a-school-scan-of-wellbeing-and-why-your-school-needs-one/ 

Adopting An Inquiry Approach to Staff Wellbeing and School Culture in Our Schools: https://adriennehornby.com.au/adopting-an-inquiry-approach-to-staff-wellbeing-and-school-culture-in-our-schools/ 

Re-Building School Culture And Staff Wellbeing Post Lockdown: Six Emerging Themes In The Research: https://adriennehornby.com.au/rebuilding-school-culture-and-staff-wellbeing-post-lockdown/ 


Additional learning resources and tools

Timperley’s Spiral of Inquiry: https://www.educationalleaders.govt.nz/content/download/74475/611763/file/Spiral%20of%20Inquiry%20Paper%20-%20Timperley%20Kaser%20Halbert.pdf 

PLC Maturity Matrix : https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/teachers/management/improvement/plcmaturitymatrix.pdf 

The Futility of PLC Lite: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/295833071_The_futility_of_PLC_lite 

Pallet Play: https://www.palletplay.com.au/ 


Free downloadable tools

Teacher Identity Discovery Questions: https://adriennehornby.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Discover-Professional-Identity-.pdf 

Leadership evaluation tool: https://mailchi.mp/adriennehornby/leadership-evaluation 

Team building ideas: https://mailchi.mp/adriennehornby/teambuilding 


Thank you so much for listening. I’m so honored that you’re here and would be so grateful if you could leave me a review in iTunes or on your podcast app, that way we can inspire and educate even more people together.


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