Diary of a headteacher: The tyranny of the result

We are in danger of losing our way under the pressure of accountability and our results-driven culture, but we must never let go of our educational principles...

The professional life of a headteacher can hinge on fine margins, often balancing unsteadily on the knife-edge of success and failure. Too often we are able draw comparisons between the world of football management and the unstable tenure that can be associated with school leadership.

I have witnessed far too many colleagues falling by the wayside because the board members of a multi-academy trust have decided that their time is up. A dip in results or an Ofsted inspection not going the right way can be the end of a career for some. There is no doubt we are operating in an increasingly cut-throat, results-driven business.

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