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Welcome to my blog - reflections on leadership!

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

In my previous life I was a Head Teacher of a very successful primary school, taking on the headship after only a couple of years as a Deputy Head Teacher. Nothing can prepare you for the role! It is the most rewarding job in the world but also one of the most diverse and difficult.

When coaching DHTs or AHTs and questioning them about their ambitions for the future they always say they are looking to move into a Head Teacher role but want to gain more experience first! I always tell them that no matter how much experience you gain, you will never ever be ready! So, why not just jump in and go for it now?

You will learn (quickly!) on the job - what to do and what not to do, what's important and what's not, and how to navigate the role in your own unique style!

Like me you may make many mistakes (and learn from these) but I'm hoping that my blogs will help you to avoid some of the pitfalls that new leaders can face whether this is as a senior leader eg head teacher, deputy or assistant head teacher, or a phase, curriculum or middle leader, and I'm hoping that my blogs can support you in your leadership journey too!

The first head teacher of the school that I worked (in the 1960s) kept a diary of each day which the school kept.

Most of the drama back then appears to be about a horse running across the school field - seemed to happen quite a lot but then there were no fences around the school to keep the children in or keep anything out back then!

If only this was the only thing that school leaders have to worry about now! But, everything that you face, all the events and dramas, will contribute to your journey on becoming the leader you want to be!

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