I've been a head for a few years now and over that time I have had to deal with several issues with staff regarding their mental well-being. In addition I have seen how pressure can translate into work related stress and have seen the impact it has had on individuals as well as on their teaching and ultimately the performance of children. As school leaders we do a good job when it comes to looking after the emotional well-being of children but do we give enough thought to that of our staff (and ourselves)? I started writing a blog as someone with a deep interest in this issue (though not an expert) and I hope that you may find some of my posts thought-provoking. I am sure that many of you will think that what I am writing is nonsense but if that is the case I would ask you to think about the experience of your staff from their perspective. My other concern is that heads are also at risk of work related stress, it is pressure-laden post which can also be extremely lonely. Please take a look at my blog HERE for the latest posting or here for a posting about the emotional well-being of heads. Thanks.