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5 steps to reduce workload and improve wellbeing

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Ben Levinson

Looking to reduce workload in your school but don’t know where to start?

Ben Levinson, headteacher at an East London primary school, explains how they tackled workload and improved staff wellbeing at the same time in these 5 steps.

Making workload reduction simple 

My top 5 tips to reduce workload and create a culture of wellbeing:

 1. Set a vision

Have an open and honest conversation with all staff, parents and children – what should school look like?

2. Identify the issues

List the issues that cause particularly high workload for your staff.

3. Make a plan

Decide which things to ‘keep, tweak or ditch’. What is your school doing just because you’ve always done them?

4. Put your plan into action

Do what you set out to do and support each other through it.

5. Create a more supportive school culture

Create a place where everyone wants to be. The more you look after your staff, the more energy is brought into the classroom and the more the school community thrives.


Workload reduction toolkit 

For more inspiration on how to tackle workload, take a look out our workload reduction toolkit. This includes tools, top tips and successful case studies to support your school in reducing workload pressures.

Get in touch

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