‘If you spread a wee bit of joy and laughter, that’s a good start’

What’s the secret to a successful teaching career? Have fun and don’t get ‘caught up in the nuts and bolts of it’, one celebrated former head tells Henry Hepburn

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“Love your job.” Lindsey Watt bubbles over with nuggets of wisdom for those just staring out on a teaching career, but this is the one that she would underline several times in red pen.

This month Watt was appointed OBE for services to education, in recognition of a career that has taken in a quarter of a century as a headteacher. And even after having bounced back three times from cancer, her enthusiasm for the teaching profession is boundless.

Days after Watt’s OBE was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, probationers from every local authority gathered at an event in Edinburgh to ...

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