Five tips for fast-track leaders

At a time when experienced school leaders are in increasingly short supply, young teachers are being fast-tracked to the SLT. But they must have the stomach for a turbulent journey, finds Zofia Niemtus

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The path to headship used to be a long one, with people typically taking decades to move from the classroom to a seat at the senior leadership table. But, with headteacher retention rates falling since 2012, fast-track schemes are being used to speed up the process; it is now increasingly common for young teachers to be heading up a year group or department within a few years of joining the profession.

Are there risks associated with teachers progressing too quickly? And if you are heading down the fast track yourself, how should you prepare for the journey?

For Helena Marsh, the executive ...

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