I have been reading Brian Lightman’s book Lessons Learned: A life in education.
Brian was a colleague of mine for a few years in the early 1990s and I am indebted to him for both his support early in my career (where much else was lacking), and more recently for encouraging the publication of my own book The Great Exception.
In the meantime, he went on, via several headships, to become General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
His book provides a fascinating insight into his experiences as he ascended to the top of the profession. The memoirs of a head teacher should be required reading for all in education: both those in the classroom for the appreciation it can bring of the breadth and challenges of the role – something it seems that few others bother to communicate to their staff – and those in political…
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