Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What Keeps Me Awake at Night - It's All Too Much, Too Soon on the Fast Track: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What Keeps Me Awake at Night - It's All Too Much, Too Soon on the Fast Track: Opinion

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How soon is too soon to become a school leader? With fast-track schemes, it seems as though headteachers are getting younger and younger. Ours has made it to the top with just six years in the classroom - and he is now in a leadership role with few classroom commitments.

In my experience, those six years are not nearly enough. While our headteacher is certainly an efficient manager of the school in a business sense, he lacks any real empathy for the experience of the teachers he employs. In meetings, you can quickly ascertain that he has no real idea of the amount of work that planning and teaching a lesson entails, nor about how to help us to be better teachers. Indeed, ask him about the latest research or for some assistance with a classroom problem and you get a blank look and short shrift.

Then there is his conduct. He talks at us, not to us. He seems uninterested in what we are doing or how we feel. He fails to praise good work. He never involves himself in anything but his leadership responsibilities.

It is extremely bad management and is having a detrimental impact on what was a very successful school. …

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