Coaching & Leadership Development
How to manage the demands of life as a Headteacher

How to manage the demands of life as a Headteacher

  Teaching is often described as being one of the caring professions. Yet it has always struck me as strange that although the profession as a whole may be good at caring for the young people in its charge, it has a very poor record of caring for the adults on whose shoulders weigh the greater responsibility of caring for our children.   We need only look at examples of where Headteachers have been let down by the system. For example, how back in 2013 – an extremely sad inquest verdict into the death of Helen Mann, the Worcestershire Head teacher showed that this headteacher had felt such pressure from OFSTED and the school losing its Outstanding rating that she felt no way out other than to take her own life.   This cannot be right. In social work and other related caring professions it is customary for these adults whose working life revolves round meeting the complex emotional needs of parents and children, to have supervision on at least a weekly basis.   – Their time is protected and supported by other individuals. – Fellow professionals act as a type of facilitator, someone with whom they can reflect on their practice.  – Deep professional learning is facilitated through discussion on of a live practical case or issue that the individual is dealing with.   Focussing on a live current issue or case allows the individual’s learning to be timely, needs centred and contributes to the individual’s ongoing daily practice. Through inquiry into practice he or she is given support that enables meaningful links to be made between theory and practice. Very...