Teaching has been found to be the most stressful profession in the UK (HSE research). A recent survey of teachers by the Nasuwt teaching union found that 83% reported workplace stress. Teachers have the support of their Headteachers but who supports the Headteacher?
BPSI have put together a booklet of useful resources for Headteachers called 'Don't Lose Your Head' This includes details of useful courses, details of coaching and services which can help support Headteachers.
What is a Professional Friend?
A Professional Friend is an experienced headteacher who you can contact to support you in thinking through a tricky situation. The headteachers have received some appropriate training in holding a structured conversation, so will be able to coach you through the issue you are experiencing.
The Professional Friend is to support you through a specific issue/tricky situation in your school. It is not intended for the Professional Friend to become a longer term mentor.
Where can I find a Professional Friend?
Our 'Professional Friends' headteachers are listed below. They have provided a brief summary of the context of their schools and a brief outline of who they are, so you can pick the person that best meets your needs.
How can I contact them?
The chosen headteacher’s email address will be available through the members’ area of the BPSI website. You just need to send them a brief email to say you would like their support and request a time in the near future for a conversation. They will respond to you as soon as possible.