Headteachers, Governors and School Leaders have had to make some impossible decisions lately.
In the UK our lack of clear guidelines from government, has led to many Heads having to interpret – but not really know if they are doing the right thing; and the right thing by whom? Enabling more pupils to return to school sooner may be better for some pupils – but how does that affect their Teaching Assistants who have children of their own with asthma? – and other such questions race past their minds regularly.
In the midst of all this, it is important that School Leaders – the very ones making the tough decisions, are cared for too. I have recently had the pleasure of working with Kimberley Evans from Nourish the Workplace, in our Education Wellbeing Collective. She has created a quick guide that I was keen to share with the leaders in my community. On chatting to Kimberley about it she confessed:
“It feels like the basics – but this is what’s needed, and leaders are not always getting the chance to do them.”
From my interactions with leaders in the past few weeks, unfortunately I have found this is true.
Take a look at this poster – pick two things.
Commit to them, give them a go.
Please pass on this resources to any School Leaders you know who will benefit – we need to look after you at this time too!