How long does a head teacher last?
My research into the local situation in Gothenburg, Sweden has revealed that headteachers wear out very quickly. Half of the head teachers newly-recruited to Gothenburg schools leave within 3 years. Why? It seems that the job is more challenging than they imagined. Where do they go? Most take a head teacher position in another school outside the Gothenburg area. This is a problem for the employers of head teachers, and an opportunity for C4E. I am communicating with the Personnel Department and suggesting that they use C4E coaches to support head teachers in their first year(s). If coaching support can result in a head teacher staying at the same school for one year longer, this will give a large (25%-30%) savings in recruitment costs, as well as a long list of other advantages such as:
Stronger and more stable relationship of trust between head and staff
Teachers will lean into the atmosphere of trust, and spread those benefits to the students.
Fewer "chop and change" effects when new heads attempt to make cultural changes quickly
Ongoing professional development projects more likely to be completed and implemented