Leading from the Edge: A School Leader s Guide to Recognising and Overcoming Stressfrom £14.50*
Taking control. It might seem impossible when you are a school leader, and chaos is distracting you from focusing yourself, your staff, and your pupils from achieving what your setting is capable of. But take control.
Having worked as a headteacher in one of the UK’s largest primary schools, in 2007 author James Hilton suffered a breakdown brought on by work-related stress which inspired him to share his story and insights in the hope that it will help others who find themselves in the pressurised situation of school leadership.
This autobiographical account is a provocative analysis of the challenges of leading a school with pressure from parents, inspectors, governors and government, and can easily be transferred to leading a school in any country where the accountability system turns the screws on school leaders to constantly raise standards, with little or no concrete support.
In between real-life instances, James offers the reader opportunities to take back control with simple sounding suggestions and ideas, but these common sense approaches are sometimes difficult to implement if you are in the middle of a stressful, work-related situation. However, it is good to have these reminders at hand and a few minor adjustments to your life, routine or thought processes might just help. As he reminds us, getting a sense of perspective is vital in our lives and make sure you listen to what your body is telling you. Taking control of yourself is the first main step in ensuring that stress doesn’t defeat you into submission.
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