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Leadership: Finding focus in the frantic life of a school

As a school leader you have a never-ending to-do list – but how can we find both the time and the space to focus on those important but non-urgent tasks. Robbie Burns applies two well-known models to help us find focus in the frantic world of school leadership
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If you’re anything like me, you end most days as a school leader wondering what happened. The tasks you set for yourself barely got touched, the meetings you planned ran over, you were late to the duty you said you’d help with, and there are emerging problems that will take up much time in the coming weeks.

And that set of tasks, nice and neat on the page of your notebook is looking menacingly fresh. Not even touched.

When you actually stop and think about the uphill climb towards achieving the items on your development plan that you agreed were priorities, it makes you feel a little sick. You’re miles off. Your team is too.

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