Learning to Lead: reflections on a new role.

Advice for a school leader. Great tips on people/communication skills that ALL leaders should display…


Ten years ago I was in an interview with my then headteacher. I was on a temporary fixed term contract and had written to him asking to be considered for a permanent post prior to the job going out to tender. I had done this on the advice of my then HoD, and it turned out to be the right advice. The head gave me a new contract and told me he was pleased with the progress I’d made as an NQT. But his final question really threw me: “Where do you see yourself when you’re my age? Where do you see your career going?” This wasn’t something I could answer as I had never given it any thought, and I believe I had good reason for this.

The first two years in any teaching career are hugely challenging. During my PGCE and NQT years I’d taught in three different…

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