TES is reporting that the government is being urged to fund professional coaching for “isolated” and “lonely” headteachers, as a new report reveals significant emotional demands are contributing to an “erosion of resilience” in the profession.
Heads are weighed down by a mixture of “overwhelming” demands; high levels of pressure and professional scrutiny; diminishing school budgets; and little opportunity to reflect on decisions or plan ahead, according to the report by CollectivED, a research and practice centre at Leeds Beckett University (LBU).
One former head said they felt “extreme isolation and loneliness” in the role, and “always had a sense that I was going to be judged”.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We are already taking action in this area in order to strengthen work-life balance and wellbeing for teachers and school leaders.”
Read full article here ‘Turbulent, lonely and isolated’ – why heads need help
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