Is there a Crisis in School Leadership?

Are school leaders thriving, surviving or sinking during the pandemic?

If you want to download the report, right click and save, or export the PDF.

You can also download the first report, background interview report and the survey report on our Research page.


The second phase of the research will be released in June 9th. A free webinar will be held on TODAY at 4.00 pm BST.

The second of our webinars on leaders’ career plans was held on 29 the November. Steve Munby. Emma Knights and Karen Giles respond to the research results.

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Thriving, surviving or sinking? ‘Leading after Lockdown’ 2022 survey results

In the summer term 2021 we surveyed school leaders in England, asking about their experiences of the pandemic. At that time, just over a third (35%) said they had been ‘mostly’ or ‘sometimes’ thriving, including 11% who had been ‘mostly thriving’. The largest group, just over two in five (42%), said they had been ‘mostly…

Does the school system have long Covid?

We are currently finalising the report for the second phase of our Leading in Lockdown research. Integral to this stage of the research were interviews with 42 Assistant and Deputy Headteachers in primary and secondary schools. We asked them about their experiences of the pandemic and how it has impacted on their workload, well-being and…

What do we know about the current school leadership labour market? 

We are currently finalising the report for the second phase of our Leading in Lockdown research, due for launch in early June. Our project partners, the NAHT, released figures provided by the DfE based on the School Workforce Census (SWC) this week. These show that the number of headteachers under 50 who left the profession…

Leading in Lockdown – next steps for the research

Last November we published a report based on findings from the first stage of our research into how the pandemic has impacted on school leaders’ work, well-being and career intentions. In this post we share two posters which highlight some of the headline findings from that report. In addition, we outline the second phase of…