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Digital change management in schools: how to onboard staff

How can you effectively manage digital change in UK schools? Change management strategies for you to try.

School Apps for Parents

School Apps for ParentsParentapps TeamBefore technological advances it was challenging for schools to communicate with the parents of pupils en masse. Until very recently even with the progression of the Internet, school communication had improved vastly but still...

Benefits of joining a Multi Academy Trust

Plenty of schools are now moving towards academy status with more opportunity to innovate and provide higher levels of teaching.

How to support children adjusting to a new ‘normal’ in a school setting

School’s out for summer! Not that the previous term was traditional schooling per se, but still, the summer holidays are upon us. Although we’re all hoping for further relaxation of COVID restrictions, it has been announced already that schools are to return in September 2020, to start their new school year.

Why is effective communication in schools Important?

While most of the work done by schools is focused educating their pupils, many head teachers realise the importance of maintaining and constantly improving communication parents.

What do schools think of Parentapps?

Our latest app updates have been well received by our current customers – particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this period, we have continued to provide a high level of customer support remotely and ensured school’s can communicate effectively!

What will education look like after COVID-19?

Education will undoubtedly look different after COVID – it already looks different. From social distancing measures to implementing new procedures to keep staff and children safe. Although this period has been stressful for everyone across the country, some changes could be made for the better.

What can our Homework Hub do for your school?

We brought forward the launch of our Homework Hub to help schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents and students can download and submit homework, as well as live chat with teachers. It’s already helped numerous schools through the pandemic, and would benefit your school too.

How to conduct a virtual job interview for your school

Coronavirus has put a lot of processes on hold, but interviewing candidates for new job roles still needs to be done. Using video conferencing tools like Zoom enables schools to interview and onboard new staff and teachers remotely.

How to use video marketing to showcase your school

Learn more about how video marketing can benefit your school with these helpful tips and advice.

How to beat headteacher burnout
Parentapps Team

Regardless of whether you’ve been a headteacher for 20 years or you’re just starting in your new role – burnout can affect anyone. With expectations and pressures rising, being a headteacher does not come without its challenges.

Being the head of any school requires limitless levels of energy – which can quickly become draining – both physically and mentally. So we’ve gathered some top tips to help you overcome and manage headteacher burnout.

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Reassess your open-door policy

As with any new role, in the first few months, you’re keen to make a great impression – but adopting an open-door policy can leave you feeling exhausted very quickly. Leaving your door open to everyone means you’re constantly distracted, and you end up dropping any task to deal with every parental, staff and student issue.

 Re-thinking your open-door policy can mean you’re able to focus on your needs first. Although this might seem selfish, just think of it this way – as a result of allowing yourself some time to think with your door closed can mean you’re able to perform your headteacher responsibilities less stressed and more focused – this means everyone wins.

 

Find a support system

Becoming head of your school can bring with it feelings of isolation when it comes to talking through problems and issues within your job role. Having a network of supportive friends or seeking help from a coach or mentor can help you work through any stress and anxiety you feel about your position and its duties. 

Headteacher at Woodlands Primary School, Dr Victoria Carr, says new headteachers should seek a coaching programme or a network:

“I think those new to headship should be offered a comprehensive coaching programme as part of a national retention and professional development programme. They should be allowed to seek a coach with whom they feel comfortable so that they can explore issues they face in a safe environment. As a headteacher, to avoid burnout and to nurture good mental health, a couple of strategies that massively help me are: dedicated time each week for exercise (preferably to music!), doing something completely outside the box (in my case it’s the Army reserves) and being in the outdoors.”

 

Delegate tasks

You mustn’t unnecessarily pile your plate high when it comes to tasks. As a headteacher, it’s essential you confidently manage all aspects of your school, but that doesn’t mean doing everything yourself. Take the time to work through your daily tasks, offloading some items to other staff members can help alleviate the weight of stress off your shoulders.

 

Make time for yourself

Work mustn’t take over your life. If you don’t have hobbies or activities you enjoy doing outside of school, this can make a school problem seem even more dramatic when you return home. If your work is your life, all you do is sit and dwell on your work problems.

 

Go out and find a hobby or an exercise that consumes you and makes the stress dissipate. Just like Dr Victoria Carr eludes to above, it’s crucial to find a hobby or an interest that works for you. Take time out to understand what it is you like to do in your spare time – it’s important for your wellbeing.

If you want to save yourself time and effort – and the rest of your staff members – transitioning to a school app can help you save precious time. Instead of sending letters and chasing parents, you can manage all communication electronically – tracking opens, resending letters and consent forms to parents who are yet to respond.

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