Today's heads must balance budgets, manage staff and students, negotiate contracts for services, for school grounds or meals, as well as dealing with maintenance. They have to keep on top of a plethora of changes.
Occasionally, they may enjoy the luxuryof teaching. The greatest work of fiction in many schools is the headteacher's diary, which, at the end of the day, often bears no resemblance to what has actually occurred.
No wonder too few people are coming forward to be headteachers.
Sir Geoff Hampton, April 8