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Taking a step back from burn-out...

Burn-out is not inevitable. As a school leader, how do you take care of yourself? Frances Robertson urges you to avoid burn-out by making time to reflect and step back from the chaos...

As a school leader, you will be committed and dedicated to your school, its staff and students. You are driven to do the very best you can. You will expend energy and put in hours above and beyond the call of duty.

Burn-out is not a term you often hear discussed when it comes to school leaders. High workload is so readily accepted and how little we have slept or how late we have worked sometimes becomes a badge of honour, linked to how “successful” we are.

How do you recognise burn-out?

Burn-out is often not recognised or at least not spotted early enough for any intervention or “time out” to be implemented. When having a bad day becomes a bad week which becomes a bad month or term then you may be approaching burn-out.

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