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Tried-and-tested recipe for nurturing homegrown talent

When negative headlines and a poor inspection result made finding staff a challenge, head Alan Beale turned the situation around by assigning experienced teachers to mentor newly qualified colleagues

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It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it, according to American investor Warren Buffett. When a school’s reputation is damaged, it can bring a lack of trust from parents, and difficulties around attracting staff and students.

This was the situation at Regents Park Community Primary School, a three-form primary in inner-city Birmingham, when I took over as headteacher in the summer of 2014. The school had hit the headlines the previous summer for the wrong reasons. Maladministration of key stage 2 tests had led to the suspension and eventual resignation of the ...

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