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The principles of primary school leadership – and seven top tips

The primary phase is unique and as such leading a primary school requires a specific leadership approach. Emma Turner considers some principles of great primary leadership and seven practical tips for leadership success

There are so many leadership books to be found out there, including many focused specifically on leadership in education and schools. But few, if any, talk specifically about the leadership approaches and qualities needed to be a great primary headteacher.

What’s the primary purpose?

Children’s first encounter with formal schooling is often primary school. We get to take them by the hand on their first shiny-shoed days and welcome them on board to the first stage in their formal education journey.

We then journey with each child from the edge of toddlerhood to the cusp of adolescence, a huge developmental trajectory during which we are responsible for their welfare, safety, educational outcomes, and ensuring they leave enriched as a direct result of their experience with us.

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