This is the first annual Outstanding Leaders Partnership school leadership challenges survey, in partnership with Best Practice Network and the University of Chester.  

This survey, which should take you around 8 minutes to complete, will provide an insight into the key issues facing headteachers and others who are in charge of schools across the country today. The results will be shared in the 2017/18 Outstanding Leaders Partnership Annual Review and will help us to refine and develop our professional development programmes and school improvement services so that they continue helping you and your colleagues in your crucial work.

Remember to include your name and school details if you’d like to be entered into a draw to win a free place on two of our professional development qualifications.

The survey closes at 5pm on Monday 16 April 2018.

Responses from the survey will be aggregated and anonymised. No individual respondent or school will be identifiable in any use of these survey results. Your individual details will not be used by us for any purpose other than informing you if you win the prize draw, nor will they be provided to any other organisation.


* 1. Your position

* 2. School phase

* 3. Structure

* 4. Ofsted rating at previous inspection

* 5. School location

* 6. Your age

* 7. Time in current role

* 8. What were the 3 biggest challenges you faced in the first months of headship?

* 9. What are the three biggest leadership challenges facing you today?

* 10. How do you use your time in school? (Rank these from 1 to 9, where 1 is for the activity taking the most time, to 9 for the activity taking the least time)

* 11. On a scale of 1 to 4, how stressful do you find your role? (1 is not stressful and 4 is extremely stressful)

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 12. What are the 3 biggest sources of this stress?

* 13. On a scale of 1 to 4, how has your workload affected your wellbeing? (1 is unaffected and 4 is seriously affected)

i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 14. What factors are most important in helping you maintain resilience in your leadership role? (Rank these from 1 to 8, where 1 is the most important factor and 8 the least)

* 15. Do you have enough support and development in your role?

* 16. Would you benefit from additional support and professional development?

* 17. Do you intend to reduce, maintain or increase CPD investment during 2018?

* 18. Do you have time for your own professional development, including reading and reflection?

* 19. Which one of the following forms of professional development best meets your needs?

* 20. Do you intend to reduce, maintain or increase investment in your own CPD during 2018?

* 21. If you would like your school to be entered into our draw for a chance to win a package of professional development from Best Practice Network please complete this section. We will offer a free place on two different programmes of your choice from the following: National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML), National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL), National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO).

* 22. If you would like a copy of the survey results- to be published in the summer in the Outstanding Leaders Partnership Review 2017/18 - please include your email address here.