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Governors – What’s Your Headteacher Wellbeing Strategy?

Governors – What’s Your Headteacher Wellbeing Strategy?

  This blog comes from ex-Secondary Headteacher, former Governor and Integrity Coaching associate, Tim Small.   As a school governor, responsible for the strategic direction and educational and financial health of your school, how much value do you place on your Headteacher or Principal?    How dependent would you say the school is on this person’s capacity to show up every day, take in information, think and articulate clearly, perform at a high level, stay calm and stay sane?   Here’s another, more scary way of putting the same question; do you know what it costs a school when a Head or Principal is unable to sustain the role due to stress-related sickness?   Thirdly, then, do you take as much care of your Headteacher’s wellbeing as you do of the school’s finances?  If not, why not?  And how might you do so?   Here’s a proposal to kickstart your Governing Body discussion of this agenda item: How do we take care of our Headteacher’s wellbeing?    Proposal   First of all, agree a four-stage plan based on these principles:   Principle 1: Assign responsibility (i.e. appoint a link governor to oversee the process)   Principle 2: Audit the current situation and monitor the future, as it develops   Principle 3: Convert information into appropriate action (i.e. agree an action plan based on your findings   Principle 4: Invest to save (i.e. allocate a budget line to ensure it happens)   What might an audit look like?   This would need to be checked out with the person concerned, but here’s a suggestion:   Two key questions need to be asked. ...