With a total of 27 years working in education, including two Headships, David has specialised in successfully leading and improving schools within the most challenging circumstances. He now supports other school leaders as an School Improvement Consultant and is the creator and director of Nautilus, an online school self-evaluation tool that allows Headteachers and school leaders to accurately self-evaluate teaching and learning via an iPad or tablet.
I can remember it now. The silence. The momentary contemplation. The first time sitting in the headteacher’s chair with the door closed, on my own. The stark realisation that I was now responsible for everyone. The children. The families. The staff. The budget. The reputation. This is a moment unlike any other, because you have moved into a position where everyone is going to be reliant on the decisions that you are going to make. From now on, you will have to seriously consider how you frame each day and every situation, and will need to be on the front foot in doing so.