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Coronavirus - the end of an unimaginable week

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A message from NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman to members

We find ourselves at the end of another working week; the sort of week that was simply unimaginable only a short while ago.

I know you will have faced many challenges this week, but I have also been greatly moved by the stories I have heard about how many of you have found ways to continue to make schools safe-havens and places of care for the children in your care. 

Every single school leader in the country should be enormously proud of the role they have played in the UK’s response to the national crisis we find ourselves facing. 

I know that for all of you the number one priority has been the safety and well-being of the pupils and staff in your school. I also know that many of you will be prioritising the well-being of others above your own. 

With that in mind, I want to urge you to remember to take some time this weekend to look after your well-being too. All of you will have been under enormous pressure in recent weeks and it’s important that all of us find the time and space to recharge and recuperate. I won’t patronise you by trying to tell you how to do that, but I do want to remind you of the importance of doing so. 

I also want to remind you of the sources of support that are available to you. I know that some school leaders have already set up virtual support networks to look out for each other. Our colleagues at Education Support Partnership are continuing to offer well-being support services to all education staff and organisations, and their helpline (call 08000 562 561) continues to provide excellent one-to-one support for teachers and leaders alike. 

NAHT will also continue to provide our members with the best possible advice and guidance throughout this period as well
First published 31 March 2020