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

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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 ...

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