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Stay on target to build a team

Paintballing sessions and trust exercises are all well and good, but attempts to strengthen staff relationships will be wasted if they are not anchored in school dynamics, finds Simon Creasey

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Ask any head what drives the success of their school, and a strong and united team of teachers is always near the top of the list. Yet, that’s a pretty difficult aim to achieve. Despite appointing the best available candidates, you may find they work terribly together. Human relationships are always messy and, when people are under the spotlight of accountability and suffering with workload issues, tempers can easily fray.

So every year, thousands of schools plan team-building sessions. Whether it is in the form of trust exercises in the school hall, paintballing on an Inset day or drinks out ...

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