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Get over your ego if you want all pupils to thrive

Leaders have a lot to gain by accepting that they don’t always know best and linking with other schools, says Rob Ford

Heads can learn a lot by collaborating with other schools, writes this school leader

I was in demand. My headteacher had asked me to lead on the development of the International Baccalaureate diploma at our forward-thinking state school, one of the few schools adopting the diploma in the South West. Soon, other schools became very interested in the IB and therefore very interested in the work I had been doing: invites to speak at schools and conferences to explain why we were developing the IB in my school – and, more importantly, how we were doing it – piled up.

My reaction was not an embrace of this new-found fame, but a deep suspicion of it. I wanted to preserve the IB at ...

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