Using the ESAL directory: instructions for head teachers
Below you will find a link to details of head teachers in County Durham who have agreed to be approached if you need advice or support in order to be effective in your leadership role. Everyone on the list have been nominated by their peers for their:
- willingness to listen, without judgement
- experience and ability to explore a range of options from an informed position
- empathy and support
- ability to work alongside a colleague with professional respect and confidentiality
Being on the ESAL directory is voluntary, and people will not always be available to help. In the first instance, select the person you would like support or advice from and contact them. The brief summaries provided will hopefully help you identify the best person to approach.
Even if you are part of the directory, this does not prevent you from approaching another person for support, should you wish to.
Up to three sessions of support will be reimbursed by ‘Education Durham’. The head teacher who you approach from the directory will be able to make a claim, if they wish to, for the time they spend working alongside you: a session of support may be an hour, an afternoon or some other single block of time that you both agree, at a venue chosen as convenient to you both.
While this scheme cannot cover any other expenses, such as travel between schools, it does mean that you can ask for support from another colleague without feeling that you are imposing on their time or expertise, without them getting something in return. As well as the satisfaction of supporting another colleague and the inevitable learning that they will get from your work together, they will also receive a contribution into their school’s account.
The support and discussions are entirely confidential between you and your ESAL partner. We will not ask for details of who is helping who, or what is the nature of the help. That is entirely between the two of you.
‘Education Durham’ will fund the ESAL scheme for a minimum of one year before reviewing it. Any feedback you may wish to give will help us to evaluate the scheme, but this will be entirely voluntary.