I am an English teacher from Scotland in my thirties. I initially taught in a large comprehensive in central London and I was lucky in those fledging years to be promoted to an Assistant Headteacher role. Despite clearly being very inexperienced I learnt a huge amount: about the nature of leadership; working alongside teachers and how to manage responsibility. While stumbling through those years I did feel that I had not yet “earned my stripes,” and gained enough experience to cope with the stress and authenticity required of leadership.
I am now in a full timetable teaching role and completing a part time Masters in Educational Leadership, working in Cramlington Learning Village, an excellent comprehensive in the North East.