Stress watch

6th February 1998 at 00:00
The latest set of performance indicators for detecting stress in headteachers has just been issued by the Scottish Office. Heads are stressed when they:

* Think they understand value-added, target-setting and standard-raising.

* Start smiling at staff meetings.

* Repeat the same sentence without realising it.

* Take until after their morning coffee to complete the crossword.

* Think they can actually implement environmental studies 5-14.

* Repeat the same sentence over and over again without realising it.

(Source: the B McGettrick guide to headteacher survival)

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