What was the issue addressed?
Mostly around decreasing budgets, having to face cuts and implement these cuts. For example, there was a HR process required to decide which TA contracts will be renewed/redundant. We decided that infants TA hours would not be reduced as much as junior TA hours.
There was then an appeal letter sent from junior TAs and a response from infant TAs. Staff morale was reported as very low. The Governing body had good reasons for not cutting infant TAs due to higher levels of need for young children. This was accepted and staff morale seemed to settle, as expected, once changes were in place.
What lessons were learnt?
Our close and trusted relationship with the previous and current head was a help. We recognise the need for better understanding of HR processes.
Has your school had to make any difficult decisions about staff redundancies? How did the school manage the impact of these?
What do you do to maintain positive staff morale in time of financial restrictions?
Have your say…
Have you had experiences similar to these? What do you think about the situation described?