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Headship: The first 100 days

In July, headteacher Daniel-John Constable came to the end of his first year of headship. He reflects on the experience and discusses the lessons he learned and the challenges he faced during his first 100 days in the hot seat

As I come to the end of my first year of headship and prepare to enter year number two, I have been given a three-dimensional view of a job that no training, coaching or book could ever prepare you for.

The situations that you encounter as a headteacher define you. Sometimes they haunt you, but they ultimately build your armour to ensure that the next challenge feels a little easier to handle. So, what did I learn from my first 100 days of headship?

When I stepped into my new role, getting to know the teaching team and support staff was my first priority.

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