When their school decided to set up a co-headship, some staff and parents were apprehensive, write Emma Turner and Claire Mitchell. But their double act proved hugely beneficial, they say – easing the workload burden, enabling flexible working and allowing the headteacher to be in two places at once
It’s snowing. The children are arriving at school, but several staff haven’t made it in yet. One of the school’s boilers has just stopped working. And now a child has slipped and fallen in front of a teacher’s moving car.
Oh, and it’s our first day proving to all involved in the school that co-headship was definitely a good idea.
Right from this most testing of starts, co-headship was an absolute success for our school. That first morning brought home to us the efficiency, support and resilience that two colleagues can demonstrate when faced with a real-life “nightmare in tray”.