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Headteacher Wellbeing

Page last updated: 24/11/2021

There are many factors that influence health and wellbeing. Each setting is different and each person has a unique set of situations in their life - these two factors together mean that the context for someone's wellbeing is personal and relative to their own circumstances.

The most effective organisations recognise its staff as its greatest asset and value and protect wellbeing. They promote a culture of getting the best from every individual, and support individuals to get the best from themselves. For settings with a focus on promoting wellbeing, building resilience and maintaining good mental health for our staff, the benefits for individuals and families are clear – increased capability and productivity, improved pupil outcomes, reduced absence, reduced demand on services and improved relationships and greater satisfaction and happiness.

The Local Authority has prioritised the wellbeing of Headteachers and the ECC Wellbeing Strategy is aligned to the Trauma Perceptive Practice approach, which is the Essex approach to understanding and supporting behaviour. This is a long-term strategy, with a genuine focus on professional wellbeing. It will support Headteachers and, in turn, impact on retention and recruitment and will equip leaders to provide the best outcomes for the children of Essex.

Alongside this strategy is the DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter .  The DfE is encouraging all state funded schools and colleges to sign up to the charter, as a shared commitment to protect, promote and enhance the wellbeing of their staff.

The materials to support the ECC Wellbeing Strategy are set out in the overview of resources and below.​


Presentations / recorded training sessions

Useful websites