School leaders around the world work in highly pressurised conditions, which holds consequences for their wellbeing and their longevity in the role. Drawing on studies undertaken in Australia, England, and internationally, I will present an analysis of the lived experiences of school leaders as they navigate the complex nature of the role.  

In doing so, I set out to consider how we might better understand the work of school leaders by focusing more clearly on their embodied experiences of leadership. The sociology of the body and notions of embodiment allow us to delve more deeply into issues of work and workload, the consequences for health and burnout, and the ways the role becomes intertwined with a leader’s identity. We will discuss questions of what it means to be a school leader, and how we might better understand the complexities of principals’ work.  

 DATE: Thursday 9th November 2023

TIME: 5.00 - 7.00pm

VENUE: Neil Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub