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Mental health and wellbeing and peer to peer support for headteachers school leaders

School leaders’ wellbeing pilot service

Covid-19 has turned the education sector upside down. Headteachers have been working around the clock to manage the transition from on-site to remote provision, to provide on-site services for the children of key workers, and to reach out across communities to support families with particular challenges or needs. And now they are working on bringing back as many pupils as possible, as soon as possible to school sites.

Our research indicates the headteachers are under particular stress at this time. In response we are piloting two types of support targeted at head, both funded by Department for Education: 

Peer-to-peer support

We have delivered facilitated peer-to-peer support to thousands of school leaders across the UK for over 20 years. 

We have adapted this service and are now offering school leaders the opportunity to share experience and insight with each other online. 

Facilitated support will be delivered to groups of six participants, over three sessions via video conference. The first sessions will begin in July.


Individual supervision

This service offers six sessions of 1:1 support by telephone, delivered by accredited counsellors. 

The purpose of the service is to support individuals to reflect on the personal impact of their professional roles.

Sessions will begin in August or September, dependent on participant preferences.



Places on this pilot are offered without charge to headteachers and chief executives of multi academy trusts currently working in schools in England. If you are not eligible at this stage, please register your interest. Depending on the findings of this pilot, we will seek to extend the service to a wider group of participants later in the 2020-21. The programme team will seek to achieve a spread of participants from across England, and from different types of schools. Registration will close as soon as programme places are fully allocated.