15 May 2014, The Tablet

Challenges of the top job

by Adrian Porter

The head teacher of a Catholic school is tasked with maintaining its ethos, and there is evidence that heads see this as the most demanding aspect of their work. Here, Adrian Porter explains a new initiative to provide them with one-to-one spiritual support For 16 years I had the best job in the world – I was the head teacher of a Catholic school. It is a privilege to lead a school, to work with dedicated, generous and inspiring colleagues, and to be part of children’s lives as they grow into young men and women who have such potential to change the world for the better.I think most heads would have similar feelings. For Catholic heads, there is almost always a strong sense of vocation too. They don’t so much think of having a job or a profession as living out a callin
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