‘Our first case of Covid. Parents are hounding me, staff are afraid’: diary of a headteacher’s week

The exhausted head of a school in England wonders how much more he can take

Three weeks into the autumn term and we are all wrecked. I look around at my leadership team in our Monday morning meeting at 7.45am. Everyone is drained from poor sleep, working over the weekend and managing colleagues’ worries. Some are snappy and then quickly apologise, each frustrated with their own raw nerves.

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