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Wellbeing advice for senior leaders: Practical strategies to stay resilient

The wellbeing of school leaders is increasingly under threat. Experienced headteacher Josephine Smith discusses some professional practices that can help us to guard our mental health and wellbeing
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Is it becoming harder to claim school leadership is still one of the most rewarding jobs there is? Or are school leaders just more conscious of how the demands of the job can take their toll on our mental health and wellbeing – and more confident about voicing this fact?

I am 15 years into my school senior leadership career, but I must admit I feel increasingly sheepish when I reveal that I still enjoy my job and that I thrive in the belief my colleagues and I are making a measurable difference to the young people we educate.

My social media echo chamber is telling me that my professed job satisfaction makes me out of sync, however, and keeps providing evidence to prove it!

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