Welcome to the Stories of School Leadership blog. Here I share some of my own experiences of leadership in schools and, over time, will add those of others. If you can find 5 minutes with a cuppa I hope you will find inspiration, shared experiences and connection within the stories I share. Do connect and send your thoughts over to me via the contact form at the bottom, I'd love to hear your experiences too. ~ Emma ~

Did leadership used to be easier?

Did leadership used to be easier?

12/01/2024

We remember that it was hard, and stressful and we felt huge pressure to do better for ourselves and the children in our care. But, somehow it seemed easier back then. I’m sure in part there are rose tinted glasses at work here, but seeing the media storms about the death of Ruth Perry and the OFSTED reaction, strikes on pay, continuation of official documents being released just before school holidays, and the insanity of the new childcare proposals, I’m not sure it’s just that!

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I don't want to be a Superwoman!

I don't want to be a Superwoman!

13/10/2023

‘You’re like superwoman!’ ‘I don’t know how you do it all!’ ‘Where do you find the time?’ ‘You’ve just got it all!’ I’ve heard these phrases a lot. They started when I was 29, when I was thrown into taking on a Head of School role and I gave it a go. It wasn’t easy back then but I had wonderful people around me including a small but perfectly formed team of teachers at work. I managed the juggle of being a Head, a friend and wife well.

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