Kate Townshend

How to make acting up a command performance

Temporarily promoting a teacher to cover absences in the short term can lead to long-term gains for the whole school, providing that the transition to their new role is carefully managed, finds Kate Townshend

Magazine article image

At Benhurst Primary School in Essex, there has recently been something of a baby boom. In the space of just a few months, the school’s Year 5 group leader, early years group leader, Year 2 group leader and deputy head have all knocked on headteacher David Denchfield’s office door to tell him that they are pregnant.

News of an impending birth is always a cause for celebration but, in this case, the reason to celebrate was twofold: as well as being fantastic news for the teachers involved, Denchfield knew that it would also provide opportunities for him to temporarily promote other members of ...

Subscribe to continue reading

Get full access to our magazine to keep up-to-date with the latest education research, insight and analysis – including audio articles and back issues