The Headteacher: The advantages of a federation

Steve Woodhouse is the executive headteacher of Bishop Wilton CE Primary School and the Beswick and Middleton Federation
Steve Woodhouse is the executive headteacher of Bishop Wilton CE Primary School and the Beswick and Middleton Federation

It is no longer unusual to find a Headteacher running more than one primary school, in small schools it is probably becoming the norm. So why is this happening and should we be worried?

If you go back a few years your local village school would probably have had its own Headteacher, who would have been visible at the start and end of each school day.

Those days are gone. In my role as Executive Headteacher of three primaries, it is simply impossible to be around all the time.

The ‘Executive’ bit just means I have more than one school and it looks good on the badge.

I am lucky enough to have three ‘Heads of School’, one in each place, who effectively fill the gap and oversee the schools’ smooth running when I can’t be there. This structure is becoming more and more common right across the country.

Read Steve’s full column in this week’s (16 October) people’s paper.