The key Issues
Headship is a deeply rewarding, yet often emotionally demanding and isolated role.
The disappearance of the National College of School Leadership, reduced role of local authorities and pressures on school budgets have left Heads, especially new Heads, even less supported.
Headteachers deep beliefs about the best way to improve young people’s lives can often feel at odds with the system’s accountability demands.’
Stayahead Education was set up by Alastair Falk, an ex Head of three schools. It grew out of his own experiences and conversations with Headteachers across the country, and with people whose daily work is coaching and supporting Headteachers.
He became increasingly concerned that ,while pupil and staff wellbeing were rightly being seen as crucial , nobody was really thinking or talking enough about Headteacher wellbeing.
Heads had to find their own ways to manage the ever increasing stresses and strains of a job they may love, but which a times can feel very isolated and unsupported.
Stayahead Education aims therefore to highlight the people and organisations who can support Headteachers, for schools of whatever type or size.
We want to offer positive, helpful solutions to the differing needs of headteachers at various stages in their careers and we want to ensure there are safe, supportive spaces to talk about the hidden pressures of this great, but emotionally demanding role.
Above all, we want to ensure all school governing bodies and trust boards ask themselves one simple question : what percentage of our budget are we investing in the wellbeing, support and development of the school’s lead professional?
In 2020, we are focusing on supporting Heads to overcome ‘the hidden pressures of Headship’ through a series of regional breakfast seminars and through working with our key partners, InspirEducate, Courageous Leadership and Integrity Coaching and the Education Support Partnership and our media partner TES Global. We are also campaigning for every Head to have thier own personal coach.
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See how Stayahead Education can help you, perhaps by organising a local Headteacher Wellbeing Breakfast or providing you with a coach, or simply offering to spend some time listening to your concerns.