Recieved a phone call today to inform me that one of my members of staff has been killed in a car accident during half term. Absolutely devastating news, the colleague (Year 5 Teacher) who was a valued member of staff was only 30. They joined the school in 2011 at the start of the NQT year. Most colleagues are already aware of what’s happened, I plan to make an announcement during INSET day and will offer support to all colleagues and pupils (especially those in the class of the said teacher) I’ve had experience of a colleague passing away before due to long illness (which was expected) but I haven’t had experience of dealing with a tragedy on a professional level like this. Any advice from HTs that have been through it before?