School leaders are used to dealing with disagreements among pupils – but conflict between teachers can be much trickier to tackle. Simon Creasey outlines expert guidance to help you stop staff disputes from getting out of control
Conflict is rife in school: between pupils, between pupils and teachers and, on more occasions than we would like to admit, between members of staff.
The last kind is often the most difficult to resolve. As Joyel Crawford, leadership development consultant at Crawford Leadership Strategies, explains: “It’s not easy to lead a team when there are conflicts that are bubbling up. This takes your focus off leading and managing the needs of the school or organisation.”
So, how can you ensure conflicts between team members don’t spiral out of control?
1. Encourage direct conversation