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Get your priorities straight

The frenzied start to the new term can sometimes make headteachers lose sight of their aims for the year ahead. Claire Boyd offers her tips to stay focused on your goals

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By this point in September, your optimistic projections of a swan-like start of dynamic, smooth and energised leadership are likely to be fading faster than your holiday tan. No doubt you have already had to address a handful of unforeseen mini-crises and unexpected events and you are starting to wonder if that feeling of sand between your toes was merely a wistful daydream.

Despite this reality, it is important for all headteachers, regardless of experience, to pause and step away from the back-to-school bandwagon in order to give careful consideration to exactly what your strategic ...

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