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How headteachers can cope with a sudden redundancy

The impact of losing what used to be a job for life can be devastating for school leaders, as research reveals

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Among the unexpected difficulties of losing one’s job, Mark Gibson says, is the awkwardness at parties. There is that inevitable moment when the person you are speaking to asks: “So, what do you do?”

“I’m stuck calling myself an ex-headteacher,” one jobless head told him. “I need to move on.”

Dr Gibson, senior lecturer in educational leadership and management at the University of Gloucestershire, is studying the impact of redundancy on headteachers.

There has been relatively little research into this area, in part because redundancy agreements tend to include non-disclosure clauses. However, ...

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