Coaching & Leadership Development
Why we NEED to give School Leaders a Break!

Why we NEED to give School Leaders a Break!

  Back in 2017, the NfER published its report into Head teacher retention and despite the dire warnings of the report, still very little seems to have changed. School leaders are still leaving the profession in droves.     The report stated that since 2012 retention rates had fallen and it suggested that, ‘system instability (the pace and nature of policy changes) and mixed experiences of support may contribute to some head teachers leaving the profession.’   But despite this observation, very little has been done to change and stop the high levels of stress, burnout and early attrition in the profession.   I believe we still 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 continue 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 more concrete and long-lasting solutions to addressing both the workload challenge and keeping Heads in the profession.   Whether Head Teachers are new in-post, well-established or long serving, too frequently the type of support that they receive is mainly concerned with meeting the strategic and operational aspects of their...