Staff Wellbeing

Our employees are our greatest asset. Creating a supportive environment where our staff feel valued and able to flourish underpins all we do as an organisation.  It is our role, as an employer, to provide a comprehensive range of services for all our staff to access to support them and their wellbeing.

It is clear that workplace practices can impact on staff mental wellbeing. We spend a large proportion of our lives at work and unless the working environment is good and workload is managed, work related stress and poor workplace practices can significantly impact on our health and state of mind. The Office for National Statistics data shows that, in 2016, 15.8 million days were lost because of poor mental health (including stress, depression, anxiety and more serious conditions), accounting for 11.5% of all days lost.

The World Health Organisation defines good mental health as: “A state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community.”

By ensuring that staff are supported with their own wellbeing, they in turn will be better equipped to carry out their roles to support our young people and ensure that each of our schools and learning environments are safe and inclusive places where those in the need receive the best support.

BDAT’s commitment to staff is to ensure that the health and welfare of our workforce is at the heart of the working arrangements of the Trust.

Every individual has a right to:

  • Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
  • Experience personal achievement and fulfilment in their role.

Promoting health and well-being is a core value across BDAT schools and is an integral part of the MAT’s drive to improve outcomes for all of our children.

As an employer, BDAT believe individuals have a right to high quality CPD and career development.

  • To proactively support the health and wellbeing of all our staff.
  • To engage staff in innovations that are developed through the Trust and the related CPD and collaborative learning networks.
  • To develop teachers’ pedagogical skills and nurture their leadership attributes by a strategic and systematic approach to professional development.
  • To use the opportunities within the Trust to support career development where possible with school placements and secondments.
  • To create and sustain a culture that values true collaborative learning by teamwork and accountability, honest feedback, mutual support and a self-improving working environment.
  • To provide all staff with a wide range of professional training and support and access to services which support and enhance wellbeing.

BDAT has published a wellbeing statement which sets out how we will prioritise and support staff wellbeing. This can be accessed here.

What next?
A key priority in the BDAT plan 2019-2022 (due to be launched in Autumn 2019) will be about establishing the Trust as an employer of choice. Staff wellbeing will be a central driver of achieving this strategy. However, in order for us to get our wellbeing offer right, we want to work with representatives from our staff bodies to draw up a wellbeing strategy and offer.

We are looking for volunteers from across our schools to join a BDAT Staff Voice group, starting in the Autumn of 2019 to help us develop this work.
The Staff Voice Group, drawn from volunteers across our academies, will meet regularly to provide feedback and make suggestions to consolidate and develop the wellbeing offer in the Trust.
If you are interested and would like to be involved please send your details to

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