Exclusive: Supply of future headteachers is drying up

A new report from the NAHT says that less than half of middle leaders in schools want to take up school leadership roles and a third are thinking of quitting the profession altogether, Tes can reveal.

A survey carried by the union shows that concerns about the loss of work-life balance and pressures of the accountability system are putting off middle leaders in school from wanting to rise further to become headteachers or principals.

James Bowen, the director of NAHT Edge – a union for middle leaders – has said the report’s findings should be wake-up call for the government and a school system that is already facing a recruitment and retention crisis.

When asked to identify the factors that put them off going into headship, the top three responses were: concerns about work-life balance (mentioned by 79 per cent of those who did not want to become leaders); accountability pressures (69 per cent) and being removed from teaching and pupils (49 per cent).

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