Senior school staff need to look after themselves, union leader says

The Press Association (via the Mail) is reporting a call for headteachers not to push themselves to work too hard in order to be strong and healthy enough to help schools improve.

Strong, healthy leaders are needed if school standards are to continue to rise, and senior school staff should not feel it is selfish to take care of themselves, according to Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

In his speech to delegates at the union’s annual conference in Birmingham on Saturday, he will say: “Our own wellbeing feeds the wellbeing of the organisations we lead. If the leadership team is exhausted or failing then so will the school be. You need to look after your leadership team and most of all you need to look after yourselves,” he will say.

“That isn’t being selfish. We need strong, healthy, confident leaders if we are going to continue to raise standards in our schools and colleges.”

Mr Trobe also argues that as pressure on teachers increases, headteachers need to ensure that their staff have a decent work-life balance to help them to stay in the profession.

“Teachers have always worked long hours. It comes from the passion and moral purpose that drives them – that drives us – to make a difference to the lives of children,” he says.

“However, we know that the current high-stakes regime of increasingly tough targets and inspections is putting greater pressure on schools, and therefore on the individuals who work in them. In addition, the implementation of a new curriculum and new assessment models, preparing students for new types of exams, is sitting squarely on the shoulders of teachers.

“As expectations and demands increase, the pressure it creates for senior leaders understandably cascades down to other staff.

“The Government has a role to play in making sure that teachers’ workload is sustainable, but so do we as senior leaders. One of the key things we can do to retain teachers in the profession is to ensure that they have a manageable work-life balance…”

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Comments

  1. Alan OSullivan

    And the teaching staff need to be allowed to look after themselves as well but they have been forgotten here.

  2. Nairb1

    You mean forgotten in the sense of ‘Mr Trobe also argues that as pressure on teachers increases, headteachers need to ensure that their staff have a decent work-life balance …’

  3. ‘…the current high-stakes regime of increasingly tough targets and inspections … the implementation of a new curriculum and new assessment models, preparing students for new types of exams’ .
    Responsibility for increase in workload which in turn creates teacher stress and burnout (and not just the leaders but those who do the actual teaching) lies squarely with successive governments.  This began under Labour but has exploded since 2010.
    Teacher leaders should be fighting this not spouting platitudes about keeping healthy.  If the threat to health is external, then standing up to the external pressure is the answer.  School leaders should have shouted ‘Enough’ a long time ago.

  4. pointbreakthru

    SchoolsImprove and the teaching profession needs to believe this #wellbeing #positivemind #positiveeducation #schoolimprovement

  5. ClareDelders

    SchoolsImprove so true. Governors have a responsibility to make sure the environment is right – but strong leadership

  6. chemistrypoet

    jillberry102 MalcolmTrobe ASCL_UK overhaul accountability first; sort the main cause for wrkload issues.

  7. VictoriaJaquiss

    SchoolsImprove Very sad 2 read of headteacher’s resignation in TES letters this week. No golden handcuffs will keep this quality of person.

  8. Lot_Ed

    SchoolsImprove
    As the job gets tougher, SLTs should have access to high quality executive coaching – very successful in business world

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