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Governance Leadership Forum: Safeguarding the wellbeing of headteachers

Events & networks
12:30 - 13:30
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Event date
12:30 - 13:30

NGA has organised this forum with HeadsUp4HTs, a rapidly growing network of headteachers across the UK committed to nurturing and campaigning for the emotional wellbeing of educational leaders. 


Following the tragic suicide of Ruth Perry in January 2023, a collaboration between HeadsUp and University College London resulted in a research report on 'Headteachers' Experiences with OFSTED,' shedding light on both familiar and previously unknown insights into the impact of inspection processes on headteachers' wellbeing. The findings are sobering, yet they offer opportunities for learning and growth through explorations of the report's recommendations. Those who register for this forum will receive a copy of the report.


As governors and trustees invested in the wellbeing of your headteachers, we extend an invitation to a forum where James Pope of HeadsUp will provide a comprehensive understanding of the implications of their findings and alongside Fiona Fearon, NGA's Head of Policy and Research will offer practical strategies to support headteachers' emotional health as well as reducing unnecessary workload. We will make time to share experience and have questions answered.

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James, formerly a Headteacher and executive Headteacher, is Director of InspirEDucate and Founder of the HeadsUp4HTs network, Associate Director of Whole Education, Founding Director of CORE Coaching Group International and Advisory Board member of CollectivED at Leeds Beckett University.

James has worked in education for 26 years. With a passion for leadership and education and the transformative power that this can have on the lives of our young people James now works across the English and international education systems, collaborating with, Multi-Academy trusts, schools, teachers and leaders.

James specialises in:

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership Team development to maximise effectiveness
  • Governance development
  • Vision setting and strategic development
  • Peer support – creating networks of sustainable support for Leaders

Twitter and LinkedIn - @popeJame

Fiona Fearon
Fiona Fearon

Policy and Projects Manager

Fiona oversees NGA’s parliamentary engagement, representing the views of governors and trustees at national level and supporting them in their strategic leadership of education settings.

Emma Knights OBE
Emma Knights OBE

Co-Chief Executive

As NGA’s Co-Chief Executive, Emma promotes the interests of the school governance community nationally with legislators, policy makers, education sector organisations and the media. Emma is an accomplished writer and speaker on a range of school governance policy and practice topics.