What I wish I’d known before headship

A headteacher shares some of the nuggets of information that most people learn only once they’re in post

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I doubt anything could have prepared me for what being a headteacher would really be like. Having previously been a successful businesswoman, I came to teaching late and took up my first headship after just seven years in the classroom.

Looking back, there are certainly some things that I wish I had known then that I know now.

1. Check the fine print

Before accepting a headship, ensure that you really understand the type of school that you have applied to, especially if it is part of a multi-academy trust, as each trust has its own way of working. Ask to see the schemes of delegation. ...

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