Being a headteacher brings great rewards, but this can be tempered by the pressures of a role which is highly demanding and ever changing. We offer headteachers confidential and personal support which will help to maintain their resilience and positive well-being, which will ultimately improve the effectiveness of their school. We want to help them minimise the stresses of their role, so they can maintain their ability to lead and inspire others. Many headteachers are skilled at looking after the well-being of their staff, but give little thought, or time, to their own.
All of our advisers have been headteachers so they fully understand the complexities of the role. This enables us to provide an independent, flexible service which will meet the needs of individual headteachers. The Headteacher Support package consists of three services.
Weekly email bulletins will be sent directly to your inbox during term time containing timely information relevant to headteachers which will keep you up to date with the ever-changing educational landscape as well as information from the DfE, safeguarding updates, Ofsted information etc. Additional emails may be sent if the content is deemed urgent.
Email and phone support
Headteachers can contact a member of our team for support via email or telephone. Where possible we will give Headteachers practical advice in dealing with difficult issues as well as providing a listening ear and honest feedback to help them work through any concerns or issues. We may also sign-post Headteachers to other agencies and networks.
Face-to-face (remote) meetings
Headteachers can access termly face-to-face meetings via video call. These meetings provide a safe, confidential space for Headteachers to share their thoughts, worries or concerns as well as a sounding board to let off steam or bounce ideas around. We will provide support to help Headteachers achieve a healthy work-life balance and our feedback will always be considered and honest.
Governors have a duty of care to ensure their headteacher’s emotional health and well-being is catered for. This service will assist governing bodies in discharging this duty.
We can also provide additional services including coaching or mentoring delivered by a fully qualified coach.
For details of our fees, please click here.
If a school cluster is interested in commissioning our services, we can provide a bespoke package to meet the needs of the group. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01451 828591.
'I love my job as a time-stretched Headteacher of a small primary school and always want to do the very best I can for the children in my care. School Support Solutions Ltd is therefore invaluable in a number of ways. As well as regular face-to-face meetings of a bespoke nature, I also receive succinct emails providing me with information about changes, funding opportunities and actions that I must take. I also have a phone number that I can call and the comfort of knowing that support is there, if I ever need to call upon it, is very reassuring.'
Joanne Welch, Headteacher at St. Catharine’s Catholic Primary School, Chipping Campden.
'Faye, thank you so much for all your advice and support. You have saved me so much time and your quick responses with up-to-date information to all of my queries has been really appreciated. In terms of my own CPD I am so grateful that you are always there to point me in the right direction and keep me on track.'
Jill Kewley, Headteacher at Bledington Primary School, Gloucestershire.