Great post for all education leaders
I have been a Headteacher for 9 years and at the age of 48 this much I know about staff well-being.
Right now, keeping the fear factor outside the school gates is very difficult. I try hard to resist the climate of fear this government has so effectively crafted, yet I can feel it seeping into the staff room like chlorine gas. The attack on the profession is orchestrated and relentless, and Headteachers are the single most important defence against the Coalition’s bombardment. What we have to do is relentlessly exhibit behaviours which are supportive and creative, not penal and reductive, especially during this period of industrial action. With immense irony, we need to behave like we’re all in this together.
You won’t ever get it all right when it comes to looking after colleagues. All you can do is try your hardest and don’t make the same mistake twice! It’s…
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