The Mental Health and Wellbeing of School Business Leaders 2024

Education Mutual, the UK's largest member-owned provider of staff absence protection, continues its mission to further support the School Business Leader community.

Education Mutual are thrilled to announce the remarkable success of their groundbreaking research, 'The Mental Health and Wellbeing of School Business Leaders 2023,'. With the participation of hundreds of dedicated School Business Managers from various educational institutions, the report provided a comprehensive analysis of the challenges they face, varied options on the level of support available to the community and the overall impact of their job role on their mental well-being.

This achievement underscores the staff absence protection providers' commitment to understanding and addressing the intricate dynamics of the School Business Leader (SBL) profession. The valuable insights garnered from the 2023 report have paved the way for an even more insightful exploration.

The UK’s largest member-owned provider of staff absence protection is now embarking on the path to develop the 2024 edition. This upcoming report builds on the accomplishments of its prior version by delving further into factors that impact SBLs. Throughout the year, the education sector has witnessed numerous changes and encountered challenges, placing SBLs in the position of managing complex administrative tasks while ensuring the overall well-being of their institutions. This report aims to provide a comprehensive insight into the challenges confronted by SBLs in England and Wales, shedding light on their potential effects on mental and emotional wellness.

The Purpose
Often operating behind the scenes, School Business Leaders (SBLs) fulfil a vital, yet understated role in maintaining the seamless operation of schools. Serving as key connectors within the school community, they skilfully navigate complex challenges and provide solutions to many problems. Prioritizing the mental and emotional well-being of SBLs is a collective investment that ultimately benefits each educational setting.

The 2023 edition of the research spotlighted the persistent challenges affecting the mental health and wellbeing of SBLs in their professional roles. The responses highlighted the reoccurring challenges within their job role, pinpointing the diverse levels of support extended by their schools to enhance their overall wellness.

This annual research serves as a vital step towards advocating for tailored support systems and strategies that address the unique needs of education staff, particularly of SBLs. This will ultimately contribute to their personal growth and the overall enhancement of the educational landscape. Education Mutual's research recognizes the resilient and empowering SBL community to positively influence the broader educational community they serve.

The Road Ahead
Education Mutual's dedication to the betterment of education professionals is evident through their commitment to this report. Building on this success, they are excited to embark on the journey for our 2024 edition. To make this next study even more impactful, Education Mutual invite all School Business Managers to actively participate in the new survey and share their invaluable thoughts and feelings regarding their mental health, job roles, and experiences within school settings, especially in the aftermath of recent strikes.

The survey for 'The Mental Health and Wellbeing of School Business Leaders' 2024 edition will be live from Monday, 11th September until Friday, 29th September 2023 via Every participant involved in completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £200 worth of John Lewis vouchers!

By participating in the survey, you will not only help us create a comprehensive and accurate report but also assist educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders in identifying crucial areas that need attention and support. Your honest and candid responses will be the cornerstone of this research's success, helping us create a powerful report that drives meaningful change.

So, mark your calendars and make your voice heard by joining us in this transformative research journey. Together, we can make a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of School Business Leaders across both England and Wales.