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How to get your school running like clockwork

After being frustrated with the advice dispensed by so-called ‘gurus’, one former headteacher has drawn on four decades in education to devise his own top 10 tips for successful leadership

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Over the course of 40 years in education, with 35 in formal leadership roles, I have attended countless events intended to improve my “leadership” and been given numerous texts by “leadership gurus” (including some I have actually read, or at least glanced at).

Just before I retired – I’ve since worked as a supply teacher – I was asked by the local authority to deliver a presentation on leadership to deputy headteachers, many of whom were aspiring heads. When asked to perform a task like this, one’s preparation inevitably starts with personal reflection: how do I lead? Is my “style” effective? ...

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