We met representatives from the “Association of Headteachers and Deputes Scotland” this afternoon to consider issues relating to Headteacher workload.
We identified a number of things that we might look at to reduce workload and stress.
1. Trying to avoid certain times of years for additional requests for information which clash with times whenthe school is already very busy e.g. December, June.
2. Managing paperwork is a major stress point for Headteachers – the point was made that some HTs are very good at this whilst others have never developed systems or procedures to prevent them from being overwhelmed.
3. Linked to Number 2 is the cumulative impact of the above on well-being.
4. Provision of accurate and timeous financial information.
5. Volume of paperwork relating to personnel issues such as recruitment.
6. Accessing information – this links with Number 2 as people admitted that they sometimes mislay info’ which has been sent to the school but there is no easy way to retrieve said info’.
7. Behaviour Management – how do we develop consistent classroom management strategies to prevent escalation of problems which necessitate direct management involvement.
8. Additional Support for Learning paparework and moderation process.
If these were the problems then it was gratifying that the HTs were able to point to a number of things that we have introduced this year which have reduced stress, such as our new School Development planning process; the new absence management procedures; the cluster approach; the school evaluation process; and the suggested dynamic and on-line Standards and Quality format.
We will meet again in six weeks time to consider some solutions which we will come up with in the intervening period.