School of Education

School Leadership in the Pandemic: What can be done to support leaders in role and avert a succession crisis?

Monday 29th November 2021 (16:00-17:30)

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A Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management seminar

Chair/facilitator: Sara Ford, Association of Schools and College Leaders


A survey of almost 1,500 school leaders carried out in the summer term 2021 found that two in five leaders plan to leave the profession during the next five years, often as a result of the additional pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This seminar will share further findings from the research and discuss what can be done to support leaders in role and avert a succession crisis? Read some headline findings from the research.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • What do we know from research? Professors Toby Greany and Pat Thomson, University of Nottingham
  • Panel response and questions
  • Emma Knights, CEO, National Governors Association and Steve Munby, former CEO, National College for School Leadership
  • Questions and discussion
  • Concluding thoughts and next steps  

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