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September’s priorities for new headteachers

A new term brings a new start for many school leaders, including those taking up their first headship. National Leader of Education Helen Frostick offers her advice to those new to the post, including a quick guide to areas of focus for the autumn term senior leadership meetings

At the beginning of the new school year, the last thing on a headteacher’s mind is recruitment. However, retention of the best staff will pay dividends. Staff are the most invaluable resource and to start the year with a strategy to keep them will be time invested well. There is nothing worse than building in excellent training and development of staff only for them to leave before there is an impact on the outcomes for the children.

Induction is a key factor in ensuring staff wellbeing and job satisfaction. Schools are very good at inducting newly qualified staff but it is also a good idea to assign a mentor to all new staff. It is not enough to just give out the Staff Handbook on the first day back to school in September.

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