We believe that whilst we offer significant challenge and rigour to one another, for example through peer review and school to school support, there is also a place for the mutual support that can come from a ‘cosy chat’ – a conversation with a peer who will not judge, criticise, or challenge, but will understand, listen and offer sympathy and unbiased support. Headship and school leadership can be a lonely place, and whilst teams within schools , leadership teams, and governing bodies can offer a significant degree of emotional support, on occasion there is a need to talk to a colleague from outside of your own setting, in confidence, and with understanding. In addition to this, we believe that a carefully planned programme of pastoral development, welfare and professional sustenance can contribute to highly effective leadership. The stress of the profession is a significant risk, and can impact on mental health, family life, and professional performance.
“Working and leading in schools is not for the faint hearted, there will be ups and downs, good days and bad days. Parents have entrusted us with their most precious possession, their children, and we need to feel the joy of journeying with them, if we are to find purpose in our professional lives. ”