What Heads can do to Protect Staff Wellbeing

Strong leadership is needed to shield teachers from unnecessary DfE tosh, unsupportive parents and even their own worst excesses, says a headteacher in Teachwire.

Calls to a teacher helpline relating to workplace stress grew by 49% this year, according to the Education Support Partnership.

Over half of the cases involved staff who have been working in education for fewer than five years and three quarters of callers were classroom teachers.

We know there is stress associated with DfE crapola, Ofsted nonsense, near-feral children and bullying, unsupportive parents – but a lot of the stress teachers experience stems from failure of local leadership to shield them from unnecessary tosh.

Heads can (and do) ignore or subvert some DfE pronouncements to protect staff from their latest arrant nonsense; heads can play the Ofsted game sufficiently to make the inspectors go away without damaging outcomes for individuals; heads can take the flak from the increasing number of parents who know everything about their rights but bugger all about their responsibilities.

Read the full article What Heads can do to Protect Staff Wellbeing 

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