As the new academic year begins, what priorities should school leaders focus on in the coming weeks? Experienced former headteacher Dr Bernard Trafford advises

The long weeks of holiday are over, as is that frenetic build-up to the beginning of term. Now it’s underway, what priorities must school leaders address in this first phase of the new school year?

It is all about ensuring that you start on the right note and (to stretch the musical analogy) in the right key. You know your aims for the coming year: there will be a particular focus, specific tasks and targets (I don’t mean government-imposed ones) that, as a team, you’ll have planned. Whether you drew them up as head, a member of the senior leadership team, a subject leader or coordinator, or in any other leadership role, and however collaboratively or democratically you did it, this is the time for you, as a leader, to be very active in leading their implementation.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here