COVID-19 disruption to schools – wellbeing and retention

Teacher absence due to COVID-19 is a major concern for senior leaders. The extrapolated results of a survey conducted by Teacher Tapp, indicate that as many as 36,300 of England’s 450,000 teachers could be away from the classroom.  

The ongoing disruption to schools and education caused by COVID-19 brings into sharp focus the potential long-term implications of the pandemic on leadership capacity in schools and trusts.   The results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Headteachers in October and published this week,  shows  that nearly half of school leaders are now less likely to remain in school leadership for as long as initially planned, and the government 'risks a post-covid exodus'. This warning comes as NAHT published the report of the School Improvement Commission highlighting a need for greater support for leaders.