An explanation of the education staff wellbeing charter and the benefits of using it.


The education staff wellbeing charter is a declaration of support for, and set of commitments to, the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working in education.

All state funded schools and colleges are invited to familiarise themselves with the charter, and to sign up when it is available in the autumn, as a shared commitment to protect, promote and enhance the wellbeing of their staff.

It is voluntary and there is no deadline to sign up.

The charter was co-created by:

  • members of the education sector including:
    • teaching unions (NEU, ASCL, NASUWT, NAHT)
    • the Association of Colleges
    • Mind
    • Education Support
    • Tapton School
    • Learning in Harmony Trust
    • Charles Dickens Primary School
    • Kensington Primary School
    • Meadow High School
    • Reaseheath College
  • the Department for Education
  • Ofsted

About the charter

The charter:

  • was created by the education sector to highlight staff wellbeing in the education sector
  • is a tool for schools and colleges to create, and publicly commit to, their own wellbeing strategies
  • is a declaration to protect, promote and enhance the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working in state education
  • includes 12 commitments on education staff wellbeing by DfE and Ofsted
  • sets out 5 principles of shared understanding on the meaning and importance of wellbeing and everyone’s roles and responsibilities
  • sends a message to everyone working in schools and colleges that their wellbeing and mental health matters
  • aims to improve wellbeing in schools and colleges by encouraging debate and accountability

Use the charter to:

  • show staff that you take their wellbeing seriously
  • open a conversation with staff about their wellbeing and mental health
  • create a staff wellbeing strategy
  • create a wellbeing-focused culture

Download the Education staff wellbeing charter (PDF, 1.65MB, 13 pages)

Download the charter posters:

Signing up to the charter

There is no expectation for your school or college to sign up to the charter now - we will publicise how to sign up in the autumn.

You should sign up when it is right for your organisation and when you will get the most benefit from it. If you would like to feedback on the charter and tell us how you have been or intend to use it, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why you should use the charter

Protecting the wellbeing and mental health of staff is:

  • essential for improving morale and productivity
  • critical to recruiting and retaining quality professionals
  • a legal duty: employers are required by law to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees
  • part of Ofsted’s inspection handbook

Monitoring and evaluation

We will:

  • conduct user research on the impact of the charter in organisations that sign up
  • add questions on the impact of the charter to school surveys
  • evaluate progress in 2023

Wellbeing resources

Measuring wellbeing

The charter encourages measuring staff wellbeing to monitor and respond to any changes. Some resources to help this include:

The Measures of National Well-being Dashboard monitors and reports on wellbeing of the UK.

Supporting staff wellbeing and mental health

Reducing workload in schools

Other resources

Flexible working in schools

Returning to teaching

Published 10 May 2021 Contents