School leaders’ service

Do you want to feel reinvigorated and energised in your role? 

Is now the time to pause, reflect and reconnect with your sense of purpose?

Our fully funded school leaders' service offers professional development for leaders.


Peer support

Our peer groups give you the space to process high-pressure situations with other school leaders.

You’ll make new connections and gain new insights and perspectives. We will help you be the most effective leader possible, sharing new strategies and ideas.

It is just an 90 minutes, once a week, for six weeks. It is an investment in you that will benefit your whole school.

Your sessions will be run by a professional facilitator, who is a trained coach with experience of working within the education sector.

Watch our video to find out what happens in a peer support session.

“You’ll be better at prioritising, at devolving your leadership, better at communicating what you want and need from others.”
Austin, headteacher

Individual telephone support

Our one to one telephone support gives you a safe and confidential space to talk about, and process what is going on for you in both life and work.

You will develop new coping strategies and feel more fulfilled and in control.

You will receive six free one-to-one sessions by telephone, which are completely confidential.

Watch our video to find out more about telephone support.

“It has been so important, as a headteacher, to be able to reflect and unpick any difficult emotions that arise."

Headteachers/Deputy heads/ MAT CEOs/ MAT Deputy CEOs in England:

  • This service is for headteachers, deputy head teachers, MAT CEOs and MAT Deputy CEOs based in state funded primary or secondary schools, who do not have current access to counselling free at the point of use e.g. via an EAP.
  • You must be able to attend six sessions of either online facilitated peer to peer support or individual telephone support
  • This service is funded by the Department for Education

Headteachers/Deputy/Assistant heads in Wales:

  • This service is for headteachers, deputy headteachers or assistant heads working in maintained schools in Wales.
  • You must be able to attend six sessions of either online facilitated peer to peer support or individual telephone support
  • This service is funded by Welsh Government
“Discovering Education Support was a blessing. The support you offer is outstanding. Even knowing you’re simply there is a comfort! Keep doing what you do and THANK YOU SO MUCH. :)”


Senior leaders describe themselves as stressed

“My session was life changing. I’ve been singing your praises and spreading the word.”

After taking part in the service


headteachers reported feeling less anxious


teachers felt more supported


What happens when I apply?

We will look over your application to ensure you are eligible (a head or deputy; based in England or a head, deputy or assistant head in Wales).

We will then process your application and a member of our team will be in touch to explain what will happen next. This will typically involve a short wait while you are allocated into a peer group and put in touch with the facilitator, or await a call from the individual support team – we will let you know!

Does it cost to participate?

No, these services are completely free of charge and are provided with funding by the Department for Education and Welsh Government.

Who will I be talking to?

If you are taking part in peer to peer support, you will be contacted by one of our qualified Associate Facilitators who will speak to you about the process before confirming the first meeting date. This will be the same person who will facilitate your peer group for the six sessions.

If you are taking part in individual support, you will be contacted by a member of the Education Support team who will explain the process and arrange your sessions at a convenient time for you. You will speak to the same person during each session.

Is it completely confidential?

 Yes. We’ll only break confidentiality if:

• there’s a risk to your own health and safety, or to that of others; or
• if you’ve been involved in a crime

What support is available to me if my school or college has an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Your school EAP should offer your counselling sessions if you need to talk to someone. You can also access support via our free confidential 24/7 helpline. 

Austin's story
Read Austin's story
Tracy's story
Read Tracy's story
What happens in a peer support session?
Individual Telephone Support