"I love encouraging children by saying things like, `I want you to have a job like mine so you can wake up each day and look forward to enjoying it'," says Vic Goddard in the introduction to his book about being a headteacher, The Best Job in the World.
Recent developments, however, have put his enthusiasm to the test, leading him to pen a heartfelt open letter to Nicky Morgan expressing his stress and anxiety about losing "the job I love" if his school fails to meet the government's floor targets.
Goddard said he stood by "every word" in his book, "but I could do with some help from you to convince others it is a good career choice". He invited the education secretary to his school, Passmores Academy in Essex, for a latte and a chat about his worries, which she duly accepted.
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