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Term One: Step 6
How to Use the
School Wellbeing iAbacus
Watch this short introduction to the
If you can slide beads on an abacus, you can use iAbacus
Introducing the School Wellbeing iAbacus
The School Wellbeing iAbacus was created from the Index of Staff Wellbeing (Waters, 2019 @teachwellall) after extensive consultation on Twitter. Thank you to all the schools that gave us feedback. There is also a full iAbacus which includes the School Wellbeing iAbacus and contains an extensive range of templates to use in the evaluation and planning of school improvement. If you would like information about the full version of iAbacus, please go to XXXXXXXXXXXX
Log-in to the School Wellbeing iAbacus at XXXXXXXXXX by clicking on the image below.
You will need the licence code to your school to set up an account and create a password.
School Wellbeing iAbacus: Stages
[Note: Not to be confused with the Steps you are taking to implement the Teach Well Toolkit]
iAbacus Stage 1: Identify
Identify where your staff are most under pressure.
Down the left-hand side of the iAbacus template are the categories of school leadership and management that impact on teacher wellbeing: Vision and Policy; Leadership; Workload; Home and School; and Mental Health.
Across the top of the template are four descriptors of where your school might be in relation to Support for Teacher Wellbeing: Emerging; Developing; Embedded; and Excelling.
Slide each bead across the screen to where you think your school is now. Do it quickly, without deliberating for too long. Your perception, intuition and 'gut feeling' are all valid.
Check your judgement against the criteria. Here, you can see the criterion for 'Embedded' has been selected. This indicates that 'There is a developing awareness of staff wellbeing and mental health in all staff in school and serious work under way on a concrete set of proposals and a policy to improve both.'
Insert a description of evidence to support your judgements. Don't worry if you can't evidence all your judgements. We don't always need a physical document to know what is happening in our school.
Upload files that support your judgements. The files can be in Word, Excel, Powerpoint or video format (mp4). Click on paper clip on the bottom left to upload files. Click on the globe on the bottom right to upload URL links to files or websites or videos from YouTube, Vimeo or other video sites.
Now identify what is helping to support teacher wellbeing and what is hindering or getting in the way. Type helping factors into the green boxes on the left and hindering factors into the red boxes on the right.
You can move the boxes around to to put them in a different order. The factor that has the most impact on helping or hindering should be at the top of the list.
iAbacus can be completed by one person or a group of staff. Here is an example of an iAbacus that is being completed by a number of staff at the same time. The numbers on the beads tell you how many people placed the bead in that position.
One iAbacus licence for 12 months for one user is provided with the Teach Well Toolkit.
If you wish to purchase additional licences, please complete our Contact Form at the foot of the page.
iAbacus Stage 2: Implement
Combine iAbacus with strategies to tackle the 6 factors Maslach identified as contributing to Burnout and create your action plan.
Consider each of the hindering factors. Complete the columns underneath. Plan what action will be taken and by whom. State how you will know if your actions have been a success. Decide on the date when your actions will be completed. You can use this record of your planning to create your action plan on Doc 14 in Step 11 of the Teach Well Toolkit (see below).
Create a report to show at a glance how you are implementing staff wellbeing.
This screen shows an example of a report that has been created from judgements that have been made and the information that the school has provided.
iAbacus Stage 3: Monitor
Keep an eye on how things are going by repeating the iAbacus template completed in Stage 1: Identify. This enables you to see what progress has been made in each area of support for teacher wellbeing and mental health by comparing the two templates.
In this example, the beads have moved to the right since the original judgement,
indicating that progress has been made.
iAbacus Stage 4: Evaluate
Use the iAbacus template from Stage 3 and the final evaluation survey of the Teach Well Toolkit (Step 27 Survey 8 - see below) to update iAbacus and generate a report for staff.
This example of a School Wellbeing iAbacus shows a summary of the judgements of different evaluators.
You are able to generate a report from the results in the iAbacus templates.
You will combine the results from the School Wellbeing iAbacus with the feedback from staff,
gathered through the online surveys in the Teach Well Toolkit.
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