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Your first steps in your first headship

Taking up your first headship can be a daunting experience. Headteacher and National Leader of Education Helen Frostick looks at some of the short-term goals you should focus on to help you hit the ground running

When they are new in post, where do headteachers focus their initial attention? It is a daunting task to lead a school forward, but within the long-term vision the short-term view is essential.

As part of the National Leader of Education work comes the opportunity to mentor new heads just setting out on the journey of headship, as well as headteachers of schools in challenging circumstances, or schools judged as "requiring improvement". This work is extremely rewarding and developmental for both parties and has afforded me the opportunity to come up with some "where to start?" pointers that may be useful to other headteachers.

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