The school I run has lost five staff due to Covid test delays. This can’t go on | Jules White

After two weeks, headteachers feel abandoned to face the prospect of staff shortages and whole year-groups quarantined

When I signed up for headship a dozen or so years ago I had a bold vision of leading a cruise-liner school to exciting educational destinations. Yes, there would be the occasional storm along the way, but I’d be on hand to steer a course through to calm waters.

In recent times though, I feel like someone who’s been put in charge of the Titanic; desperately trying to safely navigate 1,500 pupils and 180 staff past a giant coronavirus-inspired iceberg. The challenges are nobody’s fault, but along the way I wouldn’t have minded some occasional support from the ship’s owners.

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