The day I became a headteacher

When did you become a headteacher? Paul Burrows is not talking about your first day on the job – but the day when you finally understood what it means to be a headteacher…
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I remember it well, it was 161 days after my successful interview, 154 days after I returned the signed job offer, 9 days after I was handed the keys to “my” school, 7 days after I welcomed “my” brand new staff team to INSET day, 5 days after I stood on the school gate in the morning greeting “my” new pupils with their oversized blazers…

That was the day I became a headteacher.

All the other things were important milestones, and indeed I thought of myself as a headteacher after each one of them. But at the time little did I know the real meaning of what it is to be a headteacher.

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