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Moving up the ladder: Applying to leadership positions

When you’re looking to move up the leadership ladder, you will need to shout a bit louder about your qualities. Headteacher John Rutter offers his advice on what to do – and what not to do...

Undeniably you may have the experience and the knowledge to move up the leadership ladder but, without being able to sell yourself a little bit, this is unlikely ever to happen.

We teachers are fantastic at self-deprecation but when it comes to talking about our successes, abilities and qualities we can be as lacking in the necessary skills as the pupils we teach. As a headteacher I see lots of application forms and meet lots of people wanting to move on in my school and, occasionally, I despair at some things that are written and sent to me, or said to me in person.

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