Part of the Furniture

Jarlath O'Brien

I had a disturbing but depressingly familiar conversation with a fellow headteacher this afternoon. They have recently taken up their first headship in a school that has a string of outstanding Ofsted judgements to its name. I did the same in 2011. They succeeded the previous incumbent who had been there for a significant period of time. I did the same in 2011. They have found a number of concerns that require immediate attention and a longer list of things that must change swiftly. I did the same in 2011. This is the fourth headteacher that I know, including me, who has been through this. I’m sure there are plenty more.

So what? Well, a colleague from the local authority said to me in 2011 that he’d seen this coming at my school, and could list a few other schools who may be at risk of something similar occurring. At least there was a list, but nothing was…

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