What we found about the wellbeing of IT staff in schools
There is no doubt that workload is challenging across schools across the board. And our findings only underscore this issue, while specifically giving a voice to those who work in an IT role.
Some key – and alarming – discoveries from our survey are as follows:
A quarter of IT staff believe their workload to be unacceptable.
Almost 40% of IT staff in schools feel undervalued for the work they do.
Over 40% of all organisations are not working with their team to reduce workload pressure.
Schools are not currently asking their IT staff about wellbeing.
A large percentage of employees would not feel comfortable asking for help if they were struggling.
In summary, schools must create a culture of positive wellbeing for all staff to ensure that they operate an open-door policy, so that team members feel comfortable to raise their hands if they find themselves in difficulty.
NHS – information and support for your mental health from the health service
Education Support – a charity focused on improving the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and education staff
Mind – the leading mental health charity with help and resources specifically dealing with mental health at work
ANME – The Association of Network Managers in Education is a support group for IT professionals working in education
SalamanderSoft is trusted by the IT staff of over 4,000 schools, colleges and MATS (multi academy trusts) globally to save hours of admin time.
We reduce workload by providing the management and automation of user accounts, groups, permissions and more from all major MIS systems, connecting teachers and pupils with vital learning apps and services, including Microsoft 365, Google Classroom, Active Directory and Apple School Manager.
About The ANME
The ANME is a membership group of IT staff in UK education. Founded in 2014 and now with over 1,500 members, the ANME provides a professional support group, offering meetings and an online portal, allowing members to meet colleagues from other schools and share best practice.
Written by Courtney Farrow
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Courtney supports SalamanderSoft in creating engaging online content for the company website and social media channels. She has over ten years of experience in digital content creation and her company Bloom Creative specialises in helping software and tech brands attract, convert and retain customers.