NEW

How you can help prepare your school for shut down

Parentapps BlogHow you can help prepare your school for shut downParentapps TeamWith the number of coronavirus cases rising each day, UK schools and offices are starting to take precautions to stop the virus spreading further by implementing work from home strategies...

Shutting your school: How to get the most out of the Parentapps Connect App

Parentapps BlogShutting your school: How to get the most out of the Parentapps Connect AppParentapps TeamAlthough the Government is yet to make an announcement closing all schools, the probability that many schools will close over the coming weeks is likely.Therefore...

3 tips to help your child revise

Parentapps Blog3 tips to help your child reviseParentapps TeamWith SATs and GCSE exams fast approaching, after February half-term, the stress can feel overburdening for parents and children, alike. It can be hard to encourage your child to revise more consistently -...

How teachers can get children more active at school

Parentapps BlogHow teachers can get children more active at schoolParentapps TeamAs adults, we all know how important it is to keep active when at work - mainly if your job is sedentary. It was suggested by Office technology manufacturer, Fellowes that in just 20...

How a school app can help you amid the Coronavirus outbreak

Parentapps BlogHow a school app can help you amid the Coronavirus outbreakParentapps TeamAs Coronavirus spreads throughout the UK with the BBC reporting at the time of writing this that the total number of UK cases has now risen to 36, schools have started to become...

How to beat headteacher burnout

How to beat headteacher burnoutParentapps TeamRegardless 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...

How to get the most out of our school communication app

How To Get The Most Out Of Our School Communication AppParentapps TeamHere at Parentapps, our award-winning team is passionate about helping your school or nursery communicate effectively with parents. Our development team is continually looking at new ways to create...

How a School App Can Replace Your Weekly Newsletter

Schools are always looking at different and more effective ways to communicate with pupils and parents. One of the time-honoured ways is to produce a regular weekly newsletter. It gives your school the opportunity to tell parents about upcoming events and what is...

4 reasons to become a paperless school

Parentapps Blog4 reasons to become a paperless schoolParentapps TeamWe’re all trying to reduce our carbon footprint and a great way to embrace it is to take steps toward becoming a paperless school.It sounds daunting, there’s so much paper used in schools - from...

Starting 2020 the right way – how to improve your school website

Parentapps BlogStarting 2020 the right way - how to improve your school websiteParentapps TeamYour school website is the silent salesperson - it’s working 24 hours a day to sell your school when you clock off. That’s why you must make it work hard for you.To ensure it...
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.

Image source: Unsplash.com

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.

Why not give our 30-day free trial a whirl? What have you got to lose? Sign up for the trial today

Share This