Governing Bodies have a statutory responsibility for the work-life balance of their Headteacher. The Headteacher has the responsibility for ensuring that teachers achieve the same.
Limiting unnecessary stress, working a reasonable number of hours, and meeting the demands of the role whilst maintaining a personal life are essential to ensuring that our Headteachers can effectively fulfil the role in leading a school.
As part of the Archdiocese’s approach to Headteacher Health and Well Being, an element of the support available involves facilitating access to appropriate professional skilled help and support from a suitably qualified and trained Headteacher colleague.
To support them in their role, it is proposed that Headteachers should have access to the support of a ‘professional skilled helper’ (PSH) providing space/time to allow Headteachers to:
- stand back from their day to day challenges with space to reflect
- develop greater resilience by affording opportunities to proactively address stress points within the role
- manage and harness the energy of change and potential conflict
Further information on this approach can be found by accessing the links on the right hand side of this page.
The planned outcomes of taking a positive action in terms of Headteacher wellbeing are:
- retention of high quality leaders in our schools
- improvement in the health and well being of Headteachers in Archdiocesan schools and a reduction in absence due to stress
- ensuring that new/acting Headteachers have the necessary support to fulfil the role
- improved outcomes for children and young people by ensuring that the quality of leadership is maintained