A new tool has been launched with the aim of helping school leaders “transform school culture and teachers’ working lives”.
Staff Pulse allows school leaders to gather anonymous real-time data and insights from staff, in a bid to identify the pressures they may be facing. Teachers have the chance to offer honest feedback.
Ranging across 21 different categories, and allowing tailored action plans to be developed, the tool aims to improve engagement and address teacher wellbeing.
Staff Pulse is the result of a collaboration between Tes Global (a worldwide network of almost 14m education professionals), UK and international schools, and an educational psychologist.
Aggregated results from Staff Pulse surveys published in December 2019 showed that 52% of staff say their workload isn’t manageable.
Aggregated results from Staff Pulse surveys published in December 2019 showed that 52% of staff say their workload isn’t manageable
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Tes Global product director, Funmi Alassan, said: “Senior leadership teams at schools want to know what their staff are thinking and how they are feeling so they can provide the right level of support and promote their wellbeing.
“Staff Pulse provides schools with regular robust anonymous feedback that can translate directly into action plans. It’s a key part of Tes’s mission to support teachers to have time to do what they do best – teach.”
Carla Bennett, headteacher of Plymouth’s Sherford Vale School, has been using the system for the last few months.
She said: “I send the pulse to my staff every Wednesday. I read the results as part of SLT and note down any action points. We set up an action plan for ‘communication’ which was rated the least effective and gave staff chance to comment upon improvements.
“As a result, staff feel like they are listened to and have a say and we are actioning or providing reasons why some of their suggestions are not possible. This has increased staff morale and the pulse rating for the school has increased.”