How headteachers can change their school climate

We want to know how headteachers can change their school climate, and what effect this has on teacher wellbeing. To gain this understanding, Education Support Partnership is sponsoring a major three-year research project, in collaboration with Birkbeck College, London, and the Economic, Social and Research Council.

You all know the feeling. You visit a school where you have applied to teach, and as you walk through the main door you are struck by the bright, welcoming posters in different languages and the helpful smile of the receptionist. Children are moving to their next lesson purposefully, and there is an atmosphere of focused energy.

The next day, you go for an interview in a second school. There is a barrier in the corridor leading up to the headteacher's room, a tired-looking staff photo on the wall, and a teacher rushes past shouting at the child who is struggling with the door. Within moments you have formed a distinct and hard-to-shake sense of what each school 'feels' like, and what it might be like to work there.

This phenomenon, sometimes known as 'school climate', may be more important than we realise.

The Project

To understand it better, Education Support Partnership is sponsoring a three-year research project, in collaboration with Birkbeck College, London, and the Economic, Social and Research Council. We want to know how headteachers can change their school climate, and what effect this has on teacher wellbeing.

The project includes a major study anonymous results from our Staff Engagement Survey.

Get Involved

If you are aware of any data or evidence that should be considered as part of this study, please contact Candy Whittome at: c.whittome@org-psych.bbk.ac.uk