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Headteachers are not using a free wellbeing support service because they feel guilty spending time looking after themselves, says the charity running the government-funded scheme.

Education Support’s £760,000 programme has been extended by a year after only reaching about half of its target.

It was contracted in November 2021 to support 2,000 headteachers by March this year through six one-hour, free peer support sessions, or one-to-one support or counselling. 

A “deep dive” by the charity into the low take-up found many heads felt they “simply don’t have the time and capacity to do it”, Faye McGuinness,  the programme’s director, said.

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