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Warning over ‘emergency’ shortage of secondary school principals – Irish Times Online

Warning over ‘emergency’ shortage of secondary school principals – Irish Times

Less than a third say they will remain in a school leadership role in five years’ time

The report identifies potential solutions such as better distribution of workload and improved salaries. Photograph: Eric Luke

The next “emergency” in education will be a shortage of secondary principals due to the growing burden on school leaders, a national representative body has warned.

Research commissioned by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) indicates that less than a third predict they will still be in a leadership role in five years’ time.

The findings are based on research conducted among more than 250 principals and deputy principals.

Their colleagues in the staffroom see the unrelenting stress, pressure and psychological strain that comes with the role and decide against pursuing such positions

The new report, Wellbeing of Leaders in Post-Primary Schools in Ireland, is due to be published on Tuesday ahead of the association’s national symposium on school leader wellbeing, workload and work-life balance.

NAPD director Clive Byrne said the findings were of little surprise to those in second-level teaching.

“The role of a modern principal is akin to running a complex business, and school leaders are looking for support. They are navigating rapidly growing student populations and evolving student and staff needs without the required parallel government investment or supports,” he said.

Research found that the three most stressful responsibilities are managing employee relations, new teacher and substitute teacher appointments and financial management.

“By extension, their colleagues in the staffroom see the unrelenting stress, pressure and psychological strain that comes with the role and decide against pursuing such positions.”

Wellbeing dip

Mr Byrne said the issue of recruitment and retention of school leaders was going to become more acute in the years ahead.

According to the research, school leaders’ wellbeing increases year-on-year until they have been in the same role for 10 years, at which point it falls off sharply.

Among the biggest sources of stress for principals and deputy principals are dealing with people and cultivating positive professional relationships.

The research found that the three most stressful responsibilities are managing employee relations, new teacher and substitute teacher appointments and financial management.

The three most important sources of support cited were a school leader’s partner or spouse, his or her principal or deputy principal and the wider school leadership.

The report also identifies potential solutions such as better distribution of workload, additional administrative support, training and skills enhancement and improved salaries.

Next emergency in education will be a shortage of secondary principals – Buzz.ie

Next emergency in education will be a shortage of secondary principals – Buzz.ie

Sophie Collins, 10th March 2020 

Research by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, which is due to be released in its entirety today, says the next educational emergency will be a lack of school principals.

NAPD report
Research by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals says that the next educational emergency will be a lack of school principals.

The research shows that less than one-third of current acting principals see themselves remaining in the role in five years’ time.

The research reportedly includes 250 principals and deputy principals around Ireland.

The new report will be published ahead of the association’s national symposium on school leader wellbeing, workload, and work-life balance; Wellbeing of Leaders in Post-Primary Schools in Ireland.

According to NAPD Director Clive Byrne, the findings are not surprising to anyone who is currently working in second-level education in Ireland.

He said; “The role of a modern principal is akin to running a complex business, and school leaders are looking for support.

“They are navigating rapidly growing student populations and evolving student and staff needs without the required parallel government investment or supports.

“By extension, their colleagues in the staffroom see the unrelenting stress, pressure and psychological strain that comes with the role and decide against pursuing such positions.”

Mr. Byrne said recruitment and retention of staff in the education system were going to become more difficult over time.

The report shows that one of the biggest sources of stress agents for principals and deputy principals is dealing with people and creating positive professional relationships.

Other sources of stress for school principals and deputy principals reportedly include oversight of plant management, external agency engagement, and administrative responsibilities.

The report also sets out potential solutions, like, the better distribution of workload, additional administrative support, training, and skills enhancement and improved salaries.

Post-primary schools face shortage of principals – Irish Independent

Post-primary schools face shortage of principals – Irish Independent Online

Katherine Donnelly

High stress less levels were cited as a major issue for those in the job, in research published by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD).

The study analysed the challenges faced by today’s second-level school leaders and the supports required to carry out their roles.

It found that 48pc of principals and deputy principals experienced “a lot” of stress, 39pc experience moderate stress, while 13pc experienced “a little” stress.

Among the biggest sources of stress were managing employee relations, challenges around recruiting teachers and financial management.

The research found that school leaders’ well-being actually increased every year until they had been in the same role for ten years, at which point it plummeted.

The findings have been published in advance of and NAPD symposium on principal well-being, workload, and work-life balance, taking place next week.

NAPD director Clive Byrne said the role of a modern principal was akin to running a complex business, and school leaders were looking for support.

“They are navigating rapidly growing student populations and evolving student and staff needs without the required parallel government investment or supports. By extension, their colleagues in the staff-room see the unrelenting stress, pressure, and psychological strain that comes with the role and decide against pursuing such positions.

“This issue of recruitment and retention of school leaders is only going to become more acute in the years ahead. It’s critical that we look to address the causes of this stress and identify potential solutions and supports, including increased administrative support, training, and skills enhancement, that can help ease the burden on our school leaders and ensure the position continues to attract the best talent and expertise into the future,” Mr Byrne said.

“The three most important sources of support reported were a school leader’s partner or spouse, his or her principal or deputy principal, and the wider school leadership.

The survey found that better distribution of workload, additional administrative support, training and skills enhancement, and improved salaries would all help make the job more attractive.

The myriad of areas identified for leadership development were time management, people management, administrative training, team-building skills, legal and HR skills, marketing and budgetary skills, critical incident management skills, counselling and conflict resolution and GDPR training.

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The HSE has launched a new phase of a mental health information programme called Mind Monsters for young people preparing for exams.

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