Leaders must reach out - someone will be there

24th January 2014 at 00:00

I am head of school at a large secondary. I am not "lonely at the top", because the executive headteacher of our multi-academy trust and the governing body were enlightened enough to appoint two co-heads of school. This is a model I would like to advocate. Having an equal with whom to discuss decisions, dilemmas and all manner of school-related issues is invaluable.

Yet the arrangement offers more than emotional support. Our differences are powerful: scientist and historian, with different backgrounds, school experience and areas of expertise. But the equality of our co-headship ensures that leadership on teaching and learning have a powerful symbiosis with leadership on progress and achievement. And we can support other schools without detriment to our own.

Claire Tasker, Tapton School, Sheffield.

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