An Interview Into School Leadership

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In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday...
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How many jobs have you applied for and been unsuccessful? And at what stage were you unsuccessful, on application or at interview?

What would be your 3 top tips for teachers when applying for senior leadership position? In this post I share mine.

If we really want to correct the fault in our stars, then we need to address the underlying causes behind our shortcomings. Objectively, reviewing your own performance is not easy, especially when the bruises of a failed application are still so raw! (Kelly Long)

School Leadership:

When faced with rejection it is inevitable that you will feel frustration and that can quickly turn into feeling like a failure!

This interview was recorded by @Inspiration4T. In the podcast, I reflect and discuss on my journey through school leadership. I explain my experience of adversity in the face of redundancy, experiencing first-hand the challenges of the senior leadership and the application process. You can find more about interviews in other posts here.

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Listen below as I share my key takeaways on stepping up into senior leadership;

  • My background
  • Why @TeacherToolkit?
  • Why social media?
  • The challenges as a school leader
  • The challenges for education.


In this interview I offer my experience and advice to support you in your pursuit of senior leadership. I provide you with three essential tips when applying for roles in senior leadership.

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(Recorded in August 2015)

If you would like to share your experiences or contribute to the discussion on applying for senior leadership positions, I would welcome your comments below for readers to use in the lead up to the job-season.

Thank you to Kelly Long of Inspiration for Teachers; read the blog here.


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