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Reflections on Leadership

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Yesterday I posted a blog on whether we should be labelling children or not and it caused a bit of a localised twitterstorm with impassioned views flying back and forth for and against. This has got me thinking about the influence of leadership in a school and how it impacts on behaviour; there is also a direct link to the perceived use of labels.

Over the years I have worked in various schools and encountered a range of leadership styles. These broadly fall (for me) into three categories:
Firstly there are the Dictators, the ‘my way or the highway’ types who rule by fear and use an iron grip to keep behaviour in check (teachers and children!). They are often charismatic, although not in a good way, and are heavily reliant on rigid power-based control systems which are inflexible and mitigate against personal growth and development. They accept children acquire…

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