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‘I want a future where schools have taken back control’

From primary school teacher to deputy general secretary at the NAHT heads’ union, via the Home Office and Ofsted, Nick Brook’s career has rarely been predictable. He tells Martin George about his drive to improve education for everyone

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If there is a single golden thread running through Nick Brook’s very varied career, it can be encapsulated by two glimpses he had of one troubled child, more than a decade apart.

Brook – now deputy general secretary of the NAHT headteachers’ union – first encountered the boy as a two-year-old cycling around the playground of an Eastbourne primary school, shouting obscenities at the teachers trying to catch him.

“At this point, you know that this kid is going to be coming to your school in a couple of years’ time, and you can already see the challenging behaviour from the outset,” he recalls.

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