The obstacle course to headship
I have lost count of the number of serving teachers - first-class practitioners in the art of teaching - who take one look at the national qualification for headship (NPQH) and say "no thank you".
I am quite sure I would fail it - indeed, the only colleague brave enough to ask for my help failed to get on the course - and probably do serious damage to my laptop in the process. It was a stroke of genius on the part of some long-forgotten bureaucrat to create an obstacle course just at the point when headteacher recruitment began to be a serious problem. It is defended only by the army of consultants who make a living out of it. Serving heads have better things to do.
A constructive idea: two weeks shadowing a successful school leader (in a similar type of school) in the term prior to taking up appointment and a continuing relationship thereafter. "We never covered that on the NPQH" would quickly become a thing of the past. It would save a fortune as well.
Dennis Richards OBE, Headteacher, St Aidan's CofE High School, Harrogate, and Ted Wragg Lifetime Achievement national winner 2007.