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What to expect as a pregnant school leader

It’s easy to feel sidelined in leadership when you are expecting a baby, but being honest with colleagues is the best way to get through what may be a challenging nine months, writes Nikki Cunningham-Smith

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Having worked in schools since I left university, I thought that I had a good idea of what it means to be pregnant as a teacher. I’ve watched many a colleague negotiate their way through classrooms arranged in formations not conducive to bump manoeuvring or perch on Borrower-sized chairs as they help children with their work.

And yet, despite all this second-hand experience, there was plenty that took me by surprise when, as an assistant headteacher, I became pregnant for the first time.

What did my pregnancy mean for my leadership? And what did I take from those nine months? Of course, the ...

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