Five tenets of good leadership

The prospect of leaving a headship makes you realise what the essential components of being a school leader really are, says Jarlath O’Brien

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Heads typically serve a long notice period. Unless there are exceptional – usually upsetting – circumstances, six months or more is typical. But many headteachers will make the decision even earlier, usually when they are retiring, in order to give their school a year or longer to recruit a successor in this tough employment climate.

I handed in my own notice a full six-anda-half months before I intended to move on. Just a few months after doing so, I have found that it has brought out the reflective side of my personality. I’ve told everyone I’m going, yet I am still here, ensuring that the ...

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