The decision to teach is a decision many head teacher struggle with at some point in their career. Should a head teacher teach? Should they help plan lessons, work with staff to help them improve, and roll their sleeves up at the same time? It’s a hard question. Most head teachers I know do not teach. Often the bigger the school, the less likely it is.
I take the view that all of our Senior Leadership Team should teach across the school year. And we all do! Teaching is a brilliant job, It’s fun, challenging, hard work and the reason I chose this profession in the first place; I love it. So whilst I have too much work to teach some of the time, I make sure at some point each week every single one of SLT teaches, including myself! Miss Jones and I tend to be found in Years 5 and 6, Miss Castle in Years 3 and 4, and Mrs Shuttleworth in Foundation and Key Stage 1. It’s an important skill we all need to retain if we are to continually improve our school.