‘It is about the pursuit of a worthwhile life’

The new chair of the body leading the way on the use of research in schools explains how she wants her experience to be a beacon for others to follow

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Rehana Shanks has four children, aged 2-11; she is a headteacher and she is studying for a doctorate in education. Last month, she also became the new chair of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (Belmas), a group mainly made up of school leaders and academics interested in how research and evidence can improve practice.

The doctorate is a selfish pursuit, says Shanks, who has been head of Dean Park Primary in Edinburgh for five years. After having had children, she realised she could no longer socialise in the manner that she used to, nor even take ...

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