Staff Well-being

You matter!

Five Ways is a great place to work – able students, committed staff, pleasant grounds, excellent facilities, to name just a small number of the attractions here.  It is an exciting and stimulating school for staff as well as students with a healthy attitude to initiatives and plenty of opportunities for travel and enrichment.  Of course, teaching just seems to get busier each year and we want you to be happy and well at work, feel valued and approach each challenge with vigour and optimism.  Your well-being is important.  Staff are the facilitators of learning and all that we do and the day-to-day contact and continuity for the students.  Colleagues at Five Ways are friendly and supportive.  The Head and Leadership Team listen and are interested in hearing your ideas.  Your contribution to the success of the School is not to be underestimated and the quality of your experience working here is a priority for us all.  We want you to enjoy your time in school and thrive professionally.  We hope you will work hard, yet sensibly and safely, sensitively and smartly, maintaining balance and a sense of well-being as well as high standards.


Here are some of the things – already established, recently introduced or planned – which make this a special place to work.

  • The Five Ways family, staff and students are kind to each other and support each other

  • Rarely cover – we employ supervisors and, where necessary and budget permits, agency staff when colleagues are absent from school to ensure that teachers’ important PPA and non-contact time is well protected

  • Professional invigilation of almost all external examinations – to provide ‘gained time’ in which colleagues can carry out their work

  • Colleague of the week – a chance to identify and nominate colleagues who have gone beyond their job specs on behalf of the school and its students. The winner each week receives a bottle of wine

  • Professional development logs – these allow colleagues to count extra-curricular commitments, trips and in-house CPD opportunities (offered at lunchtime and twilight sessions) towards days off ‘in lieu’. This has helped us to create a two-week half-term in the autumn term

  • Summer term staff meeting with a Wellbeing Focus with feedback and questionnaires for Leadership to use in prioritising future developments 

  • New Staff Wellbeing Committee with regular ½ termly meetings

  • A bite to eat –  for those times when colleagues need to stay after school for directed purposes, such as parents’ evenings and open evenings

  • Regular CPD opportunities to develop whole school expertise - with refreshments served

  • A healthy Inset budget to enable colleagues to develop their ambition and skills, and plan their future careers

  • Part payment of fees towards further qualifications such as masters and doctorate programmes

  • A programme of Inset for the academic year 2019-2020 focussed on identified school priorities

  • Access to accredited middle leader and senior leader development programmes for those looking to broaden their professional portfolio and pursue promotion, either internal or external

  • Occasional well-being / relaxation sessions offered as CPD, such as meditation, art therapy; cooking, also, staff sports opportunities such as football and badminton

  • Opportunities for promotion – we always consider internal applications for advertised posts and we find other ways of giving colleagues promotion within school too if possible

  • Part days and early closures – to give staff a break and a chance to prepare before special events and sometimes early closure on the last day of terms

  • Lunches on training days

  • Regular upgrades to staff facilities; you will certainly enjoy the pleasant and relaxing staffroom, where hot drinks are provided free of charge throughout the day

  • Free and secure car parking on site

  • A whole host of travel opportunities to near and far-flung places, for example, Japan

  • Opportunities to use the swimming pool and multi-gym facilities.  The fitness suite is available to staff during the supervised hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Fridays.

  • Access to professional counselling services and exceptional health advice

  • Common room committee and organised staff social events

  • Expenses covered for in-role travel expenditure

  • Opportunities for paid teaching / support commitments, for example, masterclass programme, involvement in summer activity weeks

  • Opportunities to undertake outreach work and receive cover for normal timetabled lessons

  • Shared professional development opportunities with staff within the King Edward VI MAT

  • Personnel and human resources advice from the KEVI MAT

  • Paid compassionate leave when it is needed

  • Pay portability when arriving from other schools

  • Permission to attend interviews / induction visits at other schools without loss of pay

  • Wherever possible, we avoid unannounced lesson observations / learning walks

  • Pleasant site; very clean buildings with well-maintained fabric and furniture; very well-tended grounds

  • Outstanding sports facilities such as the Fox Field (hockey all weather pitch) and the climbing wall; new pavilion / changing room suite 

  • High quality teaching facilities, maintained to the highest standards and equipped for subject needs

  • Secure and covered cycle accommodation

  • Personal planners provided annually free of charge

  • 'Open door' policy to head

  • Staff social outdoor education weekends

  • Open and consultative practice in respect of new policies and procedures

  • Great students with excellent standards of behaviour and high levels of motivation

  • Assembly celebration of staff achievement as appropriate

  • No lunchtime duties expected but support welcomed

  • Governor support and involvement in school life

  • Professional dress code supported by all

  • All staff, teaching and associate, equally valued and respected

  • staff briefing once per week to assist communication

  • Set meeting nights each week to enable forward planning

  • A sense of fun (staff panto, house tug of war, bake-off challenge, curry competition, etc)

  • Old Edwardians and active friends of Five Ways financially supporting school activities and facilities

  • Recently purchased minibus to add to existing two school vehicles

  • A dedicated one to one meeting at least each term with your line manager

  • An affirmative, fair and open appraisal policy

  • Opportunities for professional internship in other mat schools

  • Opportunities for secondments to work in other mat schools

  • Collaboration / professional development opportunities across the mat schools

  • Membership of the prince’s teaching institute and the SSAT

Overall, the well-being of our teaching and ancillary staff is very important to us and we are committed to making Five Ways a caring and rewarding place to work

Scotland Lane, Bartley Green,

Birmingham, B32 4BT

Tel: 0121 475 3535

King Edward VI

Five Ways School

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