(n): A safety device designed to support the head.

Welcome to Headrest

We offer a FREE 24/7 wellbeing telephone support service for headteachers. As experienced ex-heads ourselves, we volunteer our services for free and receive no funding or payments. Established in 2020, we provide a safe, sympathetic and confidential listening ear at the end of the phone. Whether you feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, we are here to listen. We've got your back. (Please note: we do not offer legal advice so when you call us please bear this in mind. Call your union instead.)

Headrest was co-founded in October 2020 by Ros McMullen and Andrew Morrish, two former headteachers and Multi-Academy Trust CEOs.

Andrew Morrish

Ros McMullen

Kenny Frederick

Pete Crockett

We are here to listen

There are a number of ways to contact us for free. Click 'Get in touch' to find out how. Alternatively, you can call us and leave a message whenever you want on 0800 862 0110. We will always get back to you as soon as possible to arrange a time to talk.

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A safety device designed to support the head

Co-founders Ros McMullen and Andrew Morrish tell us about why they got together to set up Headrest. Both are experienced school leaders and see headteacher wellbeing as the number one priority at the moment.

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It’s a brilliant idea

... and one that’s more thoughtful and in-touch than anything the government might have come up with itself.

Melissa Benn, author, journalist and campaigner

Welcome to HEADWELL

A Headteacher Wellbeing Blog

Headwell blog posts are punchy 3-minute reads written by headteachers, past and present, on the theme of leadership and wellbeing. We are keen to promote #newHTvoices, so if you would like to see your post shared on Headwell, please get in touch.

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And finally

Headrest is a free service and is brought to you entirely by volunteers. If you want to support what we do, please get in touch.

Our current supporters include: Chartered College of Teaching NAHT Navigate NDC Education Support SSAT Satis Education Ambition Institute Innovate My School HeadsUp4HT Schools Advisory Service Headteachers’ Roundtable Schools of Tomorrow Plus all the guest bloggers on Headwell