Next steps: moving to headship

Be sure you really are ready for headship and choose the right type of school for you before making your next career move

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What lets you know that you are ready for headship? Perhaps it is all the praise you’ve received from your peers and line manager. Or, maybe it is becoming increasingly frustrated by your own headteacher and thinking: “If they can do it, surely I can”.

Both scenarios lead to the same destination: finding yourself appointed for the wrong reasons. Headship is a very public place to be, especially if you don’t truly believe in your actions. The only way to know if you’re ready is by reflecting on whether you have a genuine belief that you can improve children’s lives. Your moral compass will pull ...

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