Hello, my name is Kevin Lee
I am an experienced former Headteacher and founder of Better Balance Education. I understand first hand the pressure faced by school leaders, especially in today's challenging circumstances, so my focus is on supporting ethical, sustainable leadership and championing staff wellbeing, including that of the Head. It is simply too important to neglect the welfare of the Headteacher and their team, so the mission of Better Balance Education is to support, enable and educate.
I have worked in Education for 28 years. Most recently, I was a Headteacher in East Norfolk for 7 years. In that time, we moved from a position of Special Measures on my arrival to Good in all areas within four years. More importantly to me, we did it in an ethical and empathetic way that brought joy and laughter back to the school, raised standards both academically and in terms of behaviour, made the children feel safe and enthusiastic and focused heavily on the wellbeing and development of school staff at the same time. Prior to this, I spent the first twenty years of my career in London, working in two schools, one as a Deputy Head and one where I started as a NQT and held a variety of leadership positions, before spending a period as Acting Deputy Head. My time working in London was interesting, both in terms of insight into the power of a vibrant, cutting edge education environment and also with spending 12 years working in an Education Action Zone.
I have experienced health issues over the last few years, leading to me having to shield during the Covid pandemic. During this time, as well as physical symptoms, I also developed some mental ones leading me to get the support of my GP, the Mental Health team and my consultant. I have been very lucky, I got the right support at the right time and as I went through this process, it became increasingly clear to me that I could utilise experiences both professional and personal to support school leaders and their teams in order to help them to not only avoid ‘the rabbit hole’ but to thrive and achieve a better balance to their lives. As well as everybody else, schools have a fundamental duty to look after their leaders. It can be tricky for a Headteacher to open up to people in their own organisation. Better Balance Education can bridge this gap.
It goes without saying that a school leader is only as good as the team around them and real school improvement only comes with a strong, focused and committed team. It is vital to prioritise the wellbeing of that team, including the Headteacher, in order to support, nurture and protect them and and as a result, the school. If you don't support and maintain the people in your team, the cost for the school can be incalculable.
What are we trying to achieve?
To support school leaders in order to enable them to function well and do a good job, by helping to protect their wellbeing and giving them the space to express themselves to a trusted partner.
To enable those who work in schools to do the best job they can. We also work with less experienced leaders, enabling them to build the resilience and grounding they need to have a sustainable, enjoyable and viable leadership journey.
To educate staff and Governors of the importance of a proper wellbeing and mental health strategy in their schools that helps identify when things are and aren't right and is proactive in supporting staff.
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