Reasons to be cheerful? Happier staff and students…

If heads ‘go to work whistling’, they will foster a culture that inspires better learning, writes Lindsey Watt

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December 2017 was my last Christmas as headteacher of Castleview. I retire next month. I ticked off the nativity, the last time I called over the tannoy to the janitor that Santa’s sleigh was on the roof, the ultimate staff Christmas hooley and the final time to be involved in collecting and distributing presents for children whose families face difficulties. The Castleview Christmas to-do list was a privilege to complete.

The arrival of my Christmas special birthday, when I became eligible for a bus pass, was a time for reflection as to how the post of headteacher has developed since I first ...

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