In such cases, the core business of school leadership becomes a matter of slotting in a lesson observation between dealing with a collapsed roof and a pupil's medical crisis.
The report suggesting professionals with no teaching experience be brought in as heads fails to grasp how problematic headship has become. A huge workload and unrealistic, politicised expectations from a government that relies on heads to fulfil its promises are the reasons why headship has become a hiding to nothing. All this, and Ofsted too. When will the realities of this problem be faced up to?
Phil Goss, Carnforth, Lancashire