Coaching & Leadership Development
An Open Letter to Boris Johnson

An Open Letter to Boris Johnson

    Dear Boris Johnson,   I am writing to you with a plea at a time when your mind may well be on other matters but my plea is quite simple; please begin to listen to those in education who are on the front line.   Our head teachers and school leaders who every day give their all as they seek to create better futures for our children.   I write this letter to you as a former head teacher, who has been in the profession for over twenty five years. Although I left headship over thirteen years ago, I am now in schools nearly every day, providing coaching support for passionate school leaders. When I am with my school leaders I hear the truth about what it takes to be a successful school leader.   To be a successful school leader today takes: – Courage – Bravery – Resilience   Within the current increasingly competitive and antagonistic narrative surrounding school improvement, school leaders are finding that these qualities are becoming harder to develop. As a key by product of your predecessors’ reforms have been heightened feelings of professional and emotional isolation. In such an environment school leaders struggle to form trusting relationships and feelings of connectedness and shared self worth diminish.   Yet the concerns of many hardworking Headteachers and the need for greater support for Heads appears to continue to fall on deaf ears and with this has come heightened feelings of professional and emotional isolation.   I ask you to listen to head teachers and school leaders, because if you did you would truly understand what it takes for our school...