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How to avoid the pitfalls in your first year of leadership

Your first year as a headteacher can be a minefield of self-made problems. Lisa Jarmin asks experienced heads for a roadmap to help new leaders find their way

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You’ve all done the training. You’ve all made it through a rigorous interview process. And you have all done your research on the school. And now it’s time to lead a school for the first time. What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, as it happens. Much of it will be out of your control, but there will be numerous ways you can create problems all of your own making.

This article is all about the latter. According to experienced heads, it is surprisingly easy to slip up, despite your best preparation and promises that you would never be that type of headteacher.

So if you are a new leader – or ...

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