‘Torture’ and triumph: the new route Into Headship

Teachers praise ‘stressful’ master’s course, but questions remain about recruitment

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Susan Ward – a primary depute headteacher – is honest about the impact that the national qualification for aspiring heads had on her initially: she wondered why on earth she had signed up for “this torture” and admits that she “freaked out”.

“Every stage of the process brought more ‘new’,” wrote Ward, who works at Kingsland Primary School in Peebles, in a recent blog. “New thinking, new ideas. New conversations about old practices that made what I’d always done suddenly look pretty shoddy. I freaked out. I felt stressed, anxious, panicky.”

But Ward, who was a principal teacher when she ...

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