Why take part?
Whilst research has been conducted exploring the impact of school closures on pupils and teachers, there is a gap in evidence exploring the effects of the pandemic on headteachers and senior leadership figures within schools. This is important because headteachers and senior school leaders have been exposed to a whole new working situation and environment, requiring decision-making and leadership relating to the numerous challenges they have had to master and manage. Headteachers and senior school leaders have therefore had to cope with particularly high demands as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part of an international study
The Con-COV study aims to deliver the COVID-19 School Leadership Survey to explore the burden and stress that UK school headteachers and senior leadership staff (e.g. deputy headteachers) experience in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study is part of a wider international study of 36 countries through the COVID-HL consortium, examining the health literacy of headteachers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supported by the Centre for Population Health and the National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales
Supported by the Centre for Population Health, the survey findings will help researchers provide evidence-based insights into the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 on leadership staff in schools in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. Swansea University will work alongside teams in Newcastle University, London South Bank University and to gather and compare data across the UK. The UK survey will also inform the global study with 36 countries. This international collaboration contributes and positions Wales, England and Northern Ireland within the international research environment to support global planning efforts towards the workplace health of headteachers and senior school leaders.