Confessions of a Teacher - The Management

“I wasn't prepared for that shift in dynamic.”

In this short film, teachers open up about the pressures of taking on a leadership role.

In this short film teachers reveal their thoughts and feeling about taking on a more senior role within their school.

They discuss their initial impression of school leaders, with one teacher admitting: “It's rare to work in a school where there's not one member of the leadership team who you won't role your eyes at.”

Another reveals: “You always knew the ambitious ones because they start wearing the old promotion pyjamas, it's like 34 degrees and they are still wearing a suit jacket!”

For those making the transition from a teacher to a manager it can be a stressful experience. As one teacher explains: “Forget your career, forget all the selfish stuff. You get it wrong and this is a kid that could be affected. Yeah, that is really scary.”

And the loneliness, as one teacher admits, can be unexpected: “The loneliness of being a head teacher, and the loneliness of being a leader, is something I didn't anticipate.”

But, as one teacher points out, having a good team around you can make all the difference: “I'm incredibly proud of the people I get to work with, they're my heroes.”

What to do if you need support

If you're a teacher who is stressed or worried about anything you can call
Education Support's free and confidential 24/7 emotional support helpline on 08000 562 561.

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