– Ending the Crisis
Over the last few years, the pressures and challenges of School Leader have increased substantially and this in turn, has had a significant impact on the recruitment and retention of School Leaders. According to three Educational Leadership organisations, schools are increasingly struggling to retain Heads, with many growing numbers of Heads leaving the profession due to stress, burn-out and the support from within the profession.
Meanwhile, many potential Headteachers are increasingly put off by the conditions in which Heads now have to operate. As it stands, English Schools are currently may face a shortage of up to 19,000 Heads by 2022. This discussion paper is a response to this Head teacher recruitment and retention crisis and seeks to argue that for lasting solutions to be found to support leader to deal effectively with the immense challenges of the role.