A greater proportion of international school staff feel a sense of belonging to their workplace than two years ago, a new survey reveals.
Late last year, a total of 82 per cent of staff agreed that they felt a sense of belonging compared to only 70 per cent reporting something similar in 2018.
The research, based on a survey of 628 members of staff in schools in 109 different countries, also finds that 68 per cent of respondents agreed that their school was concerned about their wellbeing. This compares with only 57 per cent in 2018.
A total of 71 per cent of staff agreed that their schools had done their best to support staff wellbeing through the challenges of Covid, although the number dropped for classroom teachers alone.
The study, published this week by ISC Research, also highlights how staff value the active support of colleagues, with 70 per cent regarding it as most beneficial for their wellbeing. A total of 58 per cent said the support of senior leadership had been most beneficial.
Around one in ten respondents to the survey said there was no wellbeing support for staff in their schools.
ISC Research said of its study, which was carried out in November and December 2020: “Our research sheds light on ways that the wellbeing of the entire school community has been affected [by the Covid crisis]. Whilst student wellbeing remained a priority, leaders also had to acknowledge the need to improve support for their teachers, administrators and parents.”