People Strategic Priorities
TLP is committed to the DfE Education Wellbeing Charter
The mental health and wellbeing of staff in education settings has always been important, but now more so than ever in the context of the pandemic and moving towards recovery. The Education Wellbeing Charter has been created by the Department for Education in collaboration with Ofsted and employers working in education to protect and promote the wellbeing of education staff. The Learning Partnership is proud to be a signatory of the charter and will work with our family of schools to place wellbeing and mental health at the heart of our decision making. We will support staff to make positive choices for their own wellbeing and encourage a collegiate culture across and between all roles in our schools.
Staff Wellbeing Resources
TLP is committed to being a Menopause Friendly Employer
The Trust is working towards accredited status as a Menopause Friendly Employer.
We are committed to pursuing the following aims:
- To change mindsets and attitudes towards menopause. Making it as easy to talk about as the weather.
- Everyone to understand what menopause is and be able to talk about it openly. This isn’t just an issue for women, everyone needs to know so they can support colleagues, friends and family.
- Those experiencing menopause symptoms to feel confident to discuss it and ask for support if they need it to continue being happy and successful at work.
- Managers to understand menopause, to confidently have good conversations, and know how to help.
Menopause Friendly Employer - Useful Resources
Staff Benefits - TLP Perks
The Learning Partnership has partnered with Sodexo to offer an employee benefits platform to TLP employees from September 2022. The benefits package includes discounts in retail, travel, gym memberships, cinema, and supermarkets, that staff can utilise at their convenience through the self-serve portal. We have an affordable technology offer on over 2000 items as well as Cycle2work, and we are working with Tusker to bring a sustainable car scheme to our benefits suite soon.
Our staff now have access to an employee assistance programme (EAP) with Care First. Care First is an independent and confidential counselling, help, and support service for employees. Through the platform we can help to provide telephone and face to face counselling, an online CBT therapist led programme, and offer a separate support service for managers. The helplines are available 24 hours a day and Care First has an online, real-time 'messenger style' 1:1 counselling model to meet the needs of our staff.
The EAP includes an Information Service that offers specialist support on a range of practical issues such as housing, taxes, consumer and debt, immigration, legal enquiries, and more. There are regular webinars to promote the EAP services and promote employee engagement.
Performance Development is a supportive and developmental process designed to ensure that all staff have the knowledge, skills, and support needed to carry out their roles effectively. It will help to ensure that colleagues are able to continue to improve their professional practice and to develop as individual practitioners and professionals.
All staff are set 3 SMART objectives as part of the PD cycle. These objectives ensure that the performance development of staff retains a focus on school and/or trust improvement, promotes and develops professional behaviours in the workplace, and ensures staff follow a path of tailored CPD to improve their professional practice.
Objective 1: Linked to the organisation’s development plan
Objective 2: Demonstrating and Promoting the ‘TLP Behaviours’
Objective 3: Personal Growth Plan
The Trust uses the ‘BlueSky’ online performance development platform as the mechanism for supporting and recording performance development in all its schools.
Strategic workforce planning is a developing area within the People Strategy. There are several strands to this work, including a review of current staffing structures, financial modelling, and data from performance development objectives, to meet the more immediate needs of our schools this recruitment cycle. However, our work is also focused on ensuring we have a strong pipe line of talent within the organisation we can both develop and retain, and that our workforce can meet the aspirations of the trust moving forwards. The use of ICFP and The Learning Institute will be instrumental in this area.