Equality and Wellbeing - 25 March 2021
The Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019 places great importance on staff and student wellbeing and also emphasises the significance of schools' duties under equality law. Wellbeing and equality are also key to a number of other duties placed on schools including obligations under health and safety and employment law. The COVID - 19 pandemic has added a further dynamic. The evidence has shown that COVID-19 (and the response to it) has had a disproportionate adverse impact on individuals with certain protected characteristics. In the circumstances, although wellbeing and equality should feature at the top of every school's strategic agenda as a matter of course, the pandemic has brought these issues to the fore meaning schools must now consider how they can support the wellbeing of individuals from protected groups in the short, medium and longer term.
In this briefing, our wellbeing and equality experts will discuss practical ways in which schools can support staff with protected characteristics both in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic and generally. They will discuss the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion when considering and planning staff wellbeing initiatives. They will cover schools' practices, policies and procedures and advise how, by making changes to working arrangements and by thinking laterally, leaders can improve the mental and physical wellbeing of staff from protected groups. In short, they will show school leaders how they can incorporate wellbeing into the fabric of their school at the same time as satisfying their statutory Public Sector Equality Duty.
Discussions will focus in particular on staff with the protected characteristics of age, race, sex and disability. Our speakers will talk about issues around BAME staff, staff with disabilities (who may have been shielding or absent from work during the pandemic) and staff with caring responsibilities. They will also discuss ways in which schools can support LGBT staff, not just in response to COVID- 19, but generally, taking into account pre- pandemic evidence that the LGBT community in general faces higher rates of depression, anxiety and low self - esteem.
This briefing with our Senior Managers Pam Mason and Laura Clark is a must for all school leaders and governors with responsibility for staff wellbeing and for those responsible for ensuring compliance with schools' statutory equality duties.
Who is it for?
SLT, Headteachers, School Business Managers and Governors