What to do when school staff resign

It's unsettling when staff say they want to leave – but a measured and proactive approach will help, finds Zofia Niemtus

As a school leader, what should you do when a valued member of staff says they want to leave?

No leader sets out to have favourites among their team, but some staff do tend to naturally evolve to be the most relied upon and trusted. Often, leaders use these teachers as foundation stones on which to build new policies, strategies or interventions.

So when one of those teachers decides to take their talents elsewhere, it can feel like a sucker punch. Should you beg them to stay? Throw perks and pay rises at them? Or wave them a fond farewell as they go on their way?

Roy Souter, headteacher at Stoke Hill Junior School in Exeter, says you start by acknowledging the emotional impact of ...

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