ACCRINGTON BENJAMIN HARGREAVES C.E. (V.A.) PRIMARY SCHOOL
STRESS MANAGEMENT POLICY
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals, enabling them to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.
Statement of Intent
The Governors of Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. Primary School recognise their Health and Safety responsibilities and will take all reasonably practicable steps to address stress related issues in this School.
In dealing with the issues of stress in School the Governors will, to the best of their ability, ensure that the following systems are in place, understood and acted upon in an attempt to deal with a problem which is giving increasing cause for concern.
The School will
A copy of this Policy and accompanying guidance for Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School can be found in the Personnel Policies File.
Responsibility for Co-ordination of Stress Management in the School
The member of staff responsible for co-ordinating stress management in Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School is Mrs. J. Nicol.
Stress Risk Assessment
School Stress Risk Assessments will be undertaken following consultation with staff, considering the examples given in the policy.
The findings of the School Stress Risk Assessment will be communicated promptly to staff and the Governing Body.
Individual Risk Assessments will be undertaken for individuals who have, or have had symptoms of stress-related illness and these will be treated with appropriate confidentiality.
Monitoring & Review
Procedures for monitoring stress in School should be an integral management function and be the subject of a regular review. Changes to the School's Senior Leadership Team, organisation or structure should initiate a review of procedures.
Statement of Individual’s Responsibilities
Individuals have a duty to co-operate with their employer in minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, work-related stress. Individuals have a part to play in making reasonable adjustments to working practices which may have to change due to circumstances beyond the School’s control.
Anyone who feels he/she is suffering from stress should, wherever possible, inform the Headteacher so that he/she will have an opportunity to resolve the problem.
If anyone feels unable to raise the matter with the Headteacher the Schools’ Human Resources Team can be contacted for advice or their concern could be shared with a trusted colleague.
Individuals should also seek advice promptly from their union/professional association.
Statement of the Headteacher’s Responsibilities
The Headteacher has a key role to play in considering the work load and health implications of decisions involving staff. It is recognised that the style of management adopted has an impact on stress levels amongst staff. It is the responsibility of headteachers to:
Statement of the Governors’ Responsibilities
Review April 2017