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Should Parents Be Funding Teacher Wellbeing?

Should Parents Be Funding Teacher Wellbeing?

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The new Ofsted framework is being blamed for putting extra pressure on schools to focus on funding teacher wellbeing. Cash-strapped schools are appealing to parents to fund treats for staff. Read on to find out the details!

Teacher wellbeing is a massive issue. Healthier teachers lead to a better time for teachers and students alike, but with so much work piling up, achieving a perfect work/life balance seems impossible. Well, it’s not! Mark Mate’s goal is to help you find that perfect balance between work and life!

A new Ofsted wellbeing requirement is the reason some cash-strapped schools are reaching out to parents to help fund social events and treats for staff. In a letter to parents, one head said that school funding is at an “all-time low”. He went on to ask parents to support events throughout the year, which would be used to raise cash for vouchers, Easter eggs and subsidised event tickets. Allegedly, another school asked parents to pay for its teachers awards evening. Headteacher Bill Lord described it on Twitter as “utter nonsense”. He continued:

Due to an Ofsted focus on wellbeing we are now seeing a parody of good wellbeing practice.

In the letter to parents, the school said that they had set up a wellbeing team who would be staging events throughout the year to raise cash. The letter went on:

With the budgets for school at an all-time low, our staff are working a great deal harder as we are sure that you can all see. Funding for small treats and tokens of appreciation for our staff cannot come from the school budgets, hence why our wellbeing team are working hard to raise funds towards this.

Events and activities that the raised funds would go towards are things such as: treats and biscuits in the staff room; vouchers for staff member of the term; Easter eggs and a reduced cost to tickets to events.

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@miss_pgcepe posted the letter on Twitter. She is also a Year 4 teacher (at a different school). As you can imagine, even more anger showed up on Twitter. Primary teacher Julie Hare tweeted:

What???? I’m so shocked at this! Wellbeing needs to be prioritised by SLT and is not about asking parents to fund staffroom biscuits! It should be about making sure workload is manageable and that staff have time for reflection and cpd. Wow!

@Thatch_Teach tweeted:

Nope! Just nope. I don’t want biscuits, I want time to do my job. My mental health would be improved if I had more free time to plan or mark effectively. I don’t need treats, I do need textbooks and resources so raise money for those which could help mental health too!

So what do you think? Should parents help with funding teacher wellbeing? If so, should that money be used for biscuits or tools that can help reduce workload and manage stress? Whatever your thoughts, let us know in the comments!

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