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What can schools learn from fish & chip shops?

Growing up working in a fish and chip shop taught Armando Di-Finizio nearly all he needed to know about how to run a successful and compassionate school…

When I look back on my 33-year teaching and leadership career, I think I could attribute much of what I have achieved to my “initial training/apprenticeship” in a fish and chip shop (I know what you’re thinking – but stay with me).

My mother was the daughter of two first-generation Italian migrants who opened an ice cream shop in Scotland and then moved into fish and chips. My father was a first-generation Italian migrant. After marrying they both took over the fish and chip shop and from that point on, my destiny to one day lead (some might say successfully) three schools in challenging areas was sealed.

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