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Managers show class in wasp attacks

CLASSROOM fights, angry parents and wasp invasions are among the "virtual" scenarios in a national programme for school middle managers, writes Karen Thornton.

The Virtual School shows subject leaders and department heads the implications of their decision-making and helps hone leadership skills in a safe environment. It has been developed by the National College for School Leadership and the BBC. Around 140 teachers from London and Manchester started the programme this week.

Paul Hammond, NCSL project manager, said: "In any school you have to deal with angry parents, fights, wasps and fire alarms. It is these issues, as well as decisions about textbooks and staff, that determine how well you will do as a middle manager."

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