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School leadership: Starting afresh in 2022/23?

With summer over and batteries hopefully recharged after a gruelling two years, how are schools and their leaders approaching the academic year ahead? Suzanne O’Connell spoke to four headteachers to find out

After more than two years of Covid-19, the message from the government seems to be that it is time to put it all behind us.

Despite pupil and staff absences remaining high until the end of the summer term, operational guidance has been withdrawn from the government’s website and the big drive now is to make sure that attendance is back on track (see the front page).

But can schools really be expected to put it behind them so quickly? After all, Covid has caused more than two years of incredible disruption and as all those working in schools know, it has not gone away.

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