School Leader’s Toolkit for Managing Teacher Workload and Staff Wellbeing

This conference will be online:-

  • John and Ross are presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides and activities
  • Opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • A copy of the slides will be made available after the course, along with further materials

This is a one day course split over Friday 5th November and Tuesday 16th November; sessions will be 12.30pm to 3.00pm on both days

School leaders have a responsibility to manage staff workloads in a way that enhances learning without negatively impacting on staff well-being. There should be an overview consultation process of teaching and learning effectiveness with staff, concluding in agreed shared practices. Also, there needs to be school led well-being provision, as well as staff taking responsibility to look after their own well-being, both inside and outside school.

This course will also consider the current emotional and well-being needs of professionals during the Covid 19 pandemic. As such, it will introduce the Kubler - Ross Change Curve, Covey’s Circles of Concern, Influence and Control, and will introduce a simple audit which can be used to measure current stress levels.

Course Outline

Curriculum planning and resources: Reviewing and streamlining how we plan lessons

  • The impact of Planning on learning
  • How we can reduce workload
  • Action for change

Making marking meaningful, manageable and motivating again!

  • What is the purpose of Marking & Feedback?
  • Measuring the impact of current practice
  • Key principles upon which any sensible marking policy should be based
  • Action for change: Best-practice ideas of assessment and marking policies that reduce workload and increase student learning

Reviewing your Behaviour Management System to reduce Teacher Workload

  • When can behaviour management create workload?
  • Design, build and maintain stages
  • Technology and communication issues

Identifying the features of effective behaviour management

  • Visible leaders
  • Engaged staff
  • Consistent practices
  • Clear staff and pupil expectations
  • All students / parents matter policy

Leading Staff Well-being

Case Study

  • What changes did a RI school take to enhance workloads and well-being
  • Implementing bespoke positive change in your school

Be aware of stress and our own personal stress levels

  • Understand what stress is and how it can help or hinder us
  • Understand the role of adrenaline and cortisol
  • Undertake a personal stress audit
  • Identify your own personal stress triggers

Staff Independence

  • Creation of self-help groups – with/without funding
  • Signposting to other agencies and support groups
  • Open and closed coaching models to facilitate change
  • Implementation of a mini-mentoring system

Presenter Profile

Over the past 30 years, Ross McWilliam has worked with over 1,000 schools and businesses. Through his work in the field of mindsets, he has changed the lives of one million children, young adults, and senior professionals. Ross has demonstrated an unrivalled record of engagement, education and empowerment.

During this time, Ross has developed into a much sought-after international keynote speaker and is a published author on mindsets. Not wanting to rest on his laurels, Ross is currently studying for his PhD.

He has been described by leading international psychology professor Barry Hymer as ‘a classic growth mindset.’ Ross describes himself as a ‘Pracademic’ ie actively engaging with the audience using a mixture of contemporary research blended with a fierce desire to apply this and make learning relevant.

His specific areas of expertise are Performance Mindsets, Positive Mental Health, Wellbeing & Resilience, Team Dynamics, Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligences, and Emotional Competencies of Resilience, Willpower, Motivation, & Soft Communication Skills.

Ross McWilliam BA (Hons), MSc., PGCE, Dip Man CMI Level 7, Mental Health First Aid England Accredited (MHFA)

John Medlicott (@johnmedlicott) is the Director of JMC Education (, having held a number of key academic and pastoral leadership roles in schools and colleges. John still teaches in an Ofsted Outstanding School and has taught for over 20 years. As a teacher trainer & school improvement consultant he works with schools across the UK and internationally. He is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. John has spoken recently on challenge and differentiation at a National Conference for Deputy Head teachers and is a regular Keynote speaker and workshop provider in School Leadership and Teaching and Learning.


“Ross delivered a day’s training to staff on mental health and well-being. His expertise and gently engaging nature made this hugely successful for us.”
Jo Grundy, Headteacher Oaks School, Bolton

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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