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As a headteacher, it helps to be mad as a hatter

School leaders need pragmatism and idealism - and they must be able to go thorugh the looking glass, says Richard Harman

Like Alice in Wonderland, headteachers need to be able to 'think the unsinkable', writes Richard Harman

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said: ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”

For the White Queen in Through the Looking-Glass, practice clearly made perfect. School leaders may not be quite so accustomed to the mantra of thinking impossible things, but given the challenges they face on a daily basis, it might be a habit worth getting into.

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