Diary of a headteacher: Ofsted: Signs of change?

High-stakes inspection and accountability have long plagued our system, but having just experienced Ofsted, our headteacher diarist is happy to see signs of change

The level of responsibility that weighs upon the shoulders of headteachers is significant.

Most people in education know and accept this, but until you have had the experience of actually running a school, you never really know just how it feels.

Spinning all of the plates that are essential to the school running successfully is an incredibly challenging aspect of the job.

For headteachers who choose to work in schools that are in difficult circumstances, or areas of high social and economic deprivation, their roles are even more complex.

I know many colleagues who prefer to work in these types of schools because they feel like they can make a bigger difference to the lives of their students. But for headteachers it can be a very risky career move.

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