FHS awarded for caring for staffPosted: 8th July 2020
Forest Hall School has been awarded for the care it has shown to the wellbeing of its staff during the Coronavirus crisis.
FHS has received the Teach Well School Gold Award: Corona Virus Pandemic for taking care of the physical and mental health of staff during the virus outbreak.
The school presented a range of evidence to show the priority it has given to taking care of staff.
The school has –
- provided online yoga and meditation sessions
- ensured staff have received regular welfare calls from the head of school and line managers
- made counselling services available
- provided fresh refreshments and lunch for staff on site
- provided laptops and phones to enable staff to work from home
- sent thank you cards from the head of school
- promoted an open-door policy to those needing support
- celebrated staff on social media every Wednesday
- issued safety guidance to staff working on site
Kayleigh Trainor, assistant head, nominated the school for the award and said: “I realised how much we do for staff and the amount of care we show towards them. I do feel colleagues have felt incredibly supported during this time, both by the school and by our trust, BMAT.
“There are so many unknowns among this crisis, but lots has been clarified for staff and they know what measures have been put in place to protect them and to look after their wellbeing.
“It is great for Forest Hall to have this recognition for how far we go to protect our staff and to show them they are appreciated. None of this would be possible without everyone working together as a team.”
The gold award was presented by the Teach Well Alliance.
Head of school Hannah Jones said: “Staff welling is crucial at all times, but throughout this period of uncertainty, I have ensured staff are well supported. We have offered a range of support packages and I am thrilled we have been acknowledged for this support.”