Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Support for senior leaders

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What is this?

Here you will find information and links from partner organisations intended to provide:

Support for your health and wellbeing

  1. GTC Scotland - Education Workforce Support
  2. AHDS (Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland)

Support for the health and wellbeing of learners

  1. Links to support the positive mental health and wellbeing of children and young people

Professional learning opportunities and resources to support recovery

  1. ADES (Association of Directors of Education in Scotland)
  2. SLS (School Leaders Scotland)

Who is this for?

All practitioners.

Support for your health and wellbeing

1. GTC Scotland - Education Workforce Support

Claire Lavelle, of the Hive of Wellbeing, offered two webinars to support school leaders during these very challenging times. Re-envisioning the ‘new normal’ – considering how we recover, but at the same time aim for something greater, even within a climate of uncertainty. Being a Leader in a New World – A time to review: Who am I now as a leader in a time of crisis; where have we come from and where are we going? As a new leader in post in August, where do I start? What is it to be productive in the new normal? As always, the webinars with Claire were recorded and are available to view at a later date on the website and YouTube channel. For more information contact Communications@gtcs.org.uk (0131 314 6077).

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2. AHDS (Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland)

AHDS is a trade union for school leaders (PT and beyond) from Scotland’s primary, nursery and ASN schools. Education Workforce Support: AHDS commissioned Claire Lavelle from Hive of Wellbeing to develop resources for members to support their own wellbeing and that of their team as they grapple with changes to the way that we work and lead teams. The resources comprise short videos and PowerPoint packs focussed on our new relationships with work and on the need for coherence in our leadership messages. These resources can be accessed by AHDS members though the AHDS discussion forum on the AHDS website. AHDS produced a booklet called 'A Little Book of Personal Positivity' which encouraged members to ensure they look after their own wellbeing as well as that of their school community. AHDS members can access a member assistance service which offers a wellbeing app as well as support services up to and including face to face counselling where required. For more information contact info@ahds.org.uk or visit AHDS.

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Support for the health and wellbeing of learners

1. Links to support the positive mental health and wellbeing of children and young people

A summary of information, resources and organisations have been curated by Education Scotland and are freely available to support primary and secondary school staff to support mental wellbeing.

The British Psychological Society has published guidance for a resilience and coping framework for supporting transitions back to school.

Staff Wellbeing Resources | NHS Education for Scotland There are a number of resources available to support staff wellbeing and encourage self-care for use by individuals or within peer groups to support each other.

Protecting the psychological wellbeing of staff and teams for managers (link at bottom of page / Turas login required) The purpose of this e-module is to help managers, planners and leaders of teams understand the evidence based factors that support the wellbeing of teams through crisis events such as COVID-19.It contains information about proactive strategies to protect the wellbeing of teams as well as how and when to respond effectively to concerns about an individual’s mental health during and after the crisis.

Turas | Learn - Wellbeing NHS Education for Scotland e-module on wellbeing and taking care of yourself.

Place2Be offers a range of professional learning programmes on mental health in schools – to both school staff and headteachers. This includes Place2Think consultative sessions that provide a reflective space for education professionals supporting positive mental health/resilience/wellbeing in school communities.

During this time of remote working, Place2Be are making their online ‘Introduction to Mental Health’ programme more widely available. The programme is designed as a foundation in mental health awareness and is suitable for participants with a range of prior learning. The 5-week online programme consists of four modules, each of which explores a different area of mental health and wellbeing:

  • Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Nature and Nurture
  • How can I help?
  • Mental Health: everybody’s business

In addition, Place2Be has put together a series of resources focused on community recovery, to help headteachers and school staff start to bring their schools back together following recent challenging times.

For more information about Place2Be please visit the website Place2Be or contact scotland@place2be.org.uk 

**NEW** Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing : A Professional Learning Resource For All School Staff - The resource takes a whole school approach centred around prevention and early intervention to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the school community. It aims to provide school staff with knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing in schools and a range of opportunities to learn about experiences and advice from practitioners and young people.

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Professional learning opportunities and resources to support recovery

1. ADES (Association of Directors of Education in Scotland)

ADES is an independent professional network for leaders and managers in education and children's services. It informs and influences education policy in Scotland working in partnership with local and national government, regional improvement collaboratives, Education Scotland, COSLA and other relevant agencies.

ADES members are represented on the Education Recovery Group (ERG) and also on the sub-groups which report into the ERG. Regular virtual meetings are in place for Directors/ Chief Education Officers to share practice and emerging thinking around the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ADES working groups have been established around areas of key importance in relation to COVID-19 to ensure the appropriate system support is being put in place. More activity is taking place at the local level. For more information contact Laurence.Findlay@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or visit ADES.

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2. SLS (School Leaders Scotland)

SLS is the leadership organisation for secondary schools in Scotland, representing Headteachers, Depute Headteachers, Faculty Heads/Principal Teachers and Bursars/Business Managers in both the public and private sector. It is an inclusive and supportive association, providing an influential and respected voice which represents the interests of our members across the country.

SLS membership includes experts in various fields and is represented on every major local and national educational body such as the General Teaching Council Scotland, Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The SLS professional learning programme is responsive to the identified professional needs of members and the demands placed on them by national and local government initiatives, in particular at this time of challenge. High level input to all our professional learning opportunities comes from our wide range of partners within and beyond Scottish Education. This is supported, enhanced and exemplified by input from current school leaders.

Education Workforce Support:

  • SLS website provides up to date information for both members and non-members
  • Regular email updates to members from Jim Thewliss, General Secretary of SLS
  • Weekly newsletter sent to all members summarising meetings/activities at which SLS is represented
  • Members can access support from Neil Shaw, Field Officer as required.
  • For more information contact a.dobson@mgfl.net or visit SLS Scotland.

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