‘Turbulent, lonely and isolated’ – why heads need help

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.”

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  1. HT

    I have been a HT for 12 years and have never felt as desolate about the role as I do now. Important factors missing from the report are the never- ending complaints from unreasonable parents who have a sense of entitlement that is hard to manage and the SEND code of practice which simply isn’t supported by funding; here you have the perfect storm. There is little protection for Heads against vexatious complaints and parents have the freedom of speech headteachers don’t- this must change. It is easy to understand why vacancies go unfilled.

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