Coaching & Leadership Development

An Open Letter to Every School Leader

Over the past decade, I have witnessed first-hand how high levels of public scrutiny and personal accountability have eroded the profession’s ability to care for and meet the human needs of those who are on the frontline. It has come as no surprise to me that The Key’s 2017 State of Education Survey Report found that, “86% of school leaders think the perception of the profession has got worse over the past five years and believe this is negatively affecting morale” I have seen many teachers and school leaders sacrificing their personal well-being to simply survive in the profession. I’ve coached Heads on the brink of a nervous breakdown. I have received desperate pleas from their partners and witnessed the inhumane treatment of those who have disappeared from the system. I fear more and more for the loss of humanity in our education system. SAT’s and GCSE results, OFSTED grades and league tables appear to have more importance than the people behind it all. This is not how education should be. This is not how we fulfil society’s hopes and dreams for our children. Things have to change. We invite you to be a part of that change and to join with us for October’s ‘Education for the Soul’ conference. This is a conference that plans to extend the conversation around school leadership, well-being and standards in our schools and aims to: – Inspire – Invigorate – Challenge – Support This conference is for senior leaders in education who are committed to creating the best possible futures for our young people. It is for senior leaders who want to know how to...
Why we NEED to give School Leaders a Break!

Why we NEED to give School Leaders a Break!

  It is almost two years since the Government published its response to the Workload Challenge – and very little if anything has changed. Teachers and school leaders are still leaving the profession in droves. Only last week, the NfER published its report into Head teacher retention.    The report states that since 2012 retention rates have fallen and suggests that, ‘system instability (the pace and nature of policy changes) and mixed experiences of support may contribute to some head teachers leaving the profession.’   I doubt very much if any of the reports finding will come as a surprise to those who are the chalk face. You live and breathe the realities of school leadership and you know the toll that it has upon your health and well-being.   It is my belief that if we are to truly effect change and stop the high levels of stress, burnout and early attrition, we need to increase our understanding of the climate and culture of our schools and the corrosive impact that many of the changes have had on our school leaders. Only then will solutions for retaining our Heads have any deep and long-lasting impact.   What’s causing our Heads to lose their sense of vocation, passion and purpose?   With the changes that have taken place in the profession over the past decade or so, education has become heavily task-centred. Workload solutions have tended to focus on the management of tasks rather than looking at ‘how’ the person charged with carrying out the tasks manages themselves. From my experience, looking at this area of school leadership can provide...