Staff development, health and wellbeing

Equipping staff to identify issues for pupils and to manage their own health and wellbeing

Key question: how do we support staff in relation to their health and wellbeing and to be able to support pupil wellbeing?


  • Access to training in this area: identifying mental health issues in pupils
  • Secure referral systems
  • Opportunities for assessing staff health and wellbeing needs (e.g. The Wellbeing Charter and The Education Support Partnership)
  • Support to ensure actions following needs-analysis

Ofsted expectations

The quality of teaching and learning is a key judgement area for Ofsted. The inspection criteria refers to the importance of ensuring that all teaching staff benefit from appropriate professional development and that performance is rigorously managed.

When assessing leadership and management, inspectors must consider the school’s use of performance management and the effectiveness of strategies for improving teaching. This should include the extent to which professional development is based the identified needs of staff and the induction needs of newly qualified teachers and teachers at an early stage of their career.

SCARF support 

  • SCARF’s Teaching and Learning films explore and model strategies to support teachers in promoting children’s mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Teacher Reflection Sheets are used by many teachers whilst observing sessions in the mobile classroom to support this further. These can be found on the bottom right-hand corner of the Teaching and Learning page.
  • SCARF materials and ethos embody the principles of how we look after our emotional and physical health and wellbeing – relevant to teachers as well as children. 
  • Providing a comprehensive set of resources and planning tools to support effective behaviour management, wellbeing and PSHE education helps teachers to manage workload and competing priorities.
  • Our Educators offer staff meetings to initiate SCARF in schools and help to embed its supportive ethos - please contact yours for more information.