Schools face a range of challenges, but we do ourselves no favours when we fail to stand up against a flawed accountability system

As I enter my fifth year as a headteacher I find it astonishing when I reflect on the level of change I have witnessed during this period.

As educators we have rolled with the punches while being beaten from pillar to post by qualification and accountability reform. I reflect on the paucity of funding we are expected to deliver a great education with and I wonder how do we manage to do it?

Sadly, we are still shedding teachers from our education system at an alarming rate and we, quite simply, are not recruiting enough new teachers to cope with rising student numbers and the staffing levels required across core and shortage subjects.

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