Humble leadership

A so-called “super head” who helped turn around the fortunes of London’s primary schools has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sir Robin Bosher had spearheaded improvements at Fairlawn Primary School, in Lewisham, when he was asked to take on the executive headship of two other schools in the area.

He went on to run the three as a federation, appointing a head of school in each primary, but leading the standards-raising agenda himself in all three. He had a similar role at the London Challenge programme, between 2006 and 2010, but on a larger scale.

The programme worked through head teachers in under-achieving schools being supported by those in more successful schools.

Sir Robin said it was his job to make these sometimes tense relationships work and puts his success, both here and in his own schools, down to “maintaining a humble approach”.

Humble – one leadership characteristic to reflect upon.

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