A headteacher’s guide to politics

Headteachers and politicians have a lot in common: both need to be good communicators, know when to listen and be prepared to be judged by their actions

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Trading the education chalkface for a seat in the House of Commons used to be fairly common practice. Back in 1997, there were 126 former educators representing their communities as MPs, according to a recent parliamentary research briefing, although that number had dwindled to just 32 by the end of 2015.

But the trend is coming back. In the 2017 general election, there was a surge in former teachers taking to the campaign trail – and winning. Ex-primary school teacher Laura Smith defeated former children’s minister Edward Timpson in Crewe and Nantwich; maths and physics teacher Layla Moran ...

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