I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about resisting the misery of life in our schools.
It seems that there are many people working in our schools feeling pretty miserable. It appears to me that such attritional conditions have become all too common place due to school leaders being unable to shoulder the pressure of external accountability on their own; instead they find themselves unwittingly passing that pressure onto SLT who, in turn, pass that pressure onto Subject Leaders who, in turn, pass on that pressure to their teaching teams. Too many schools are toxic places. Back in October, just for a moment, the whole thing got to me too:
I’m not being critical of my school leader colleagues. The thing is, I’m sure school leaders realise that the best thing for students…
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