The Apprentice vs Headteachers: What Can School Leaders Learn From The Hit TV Series?

Popular TV show The Apprentice first aired in 2005 and follows a group of people who are set a series of business-related tasks by Lord Alan Sugar. They have to prove themselves worthy of the ultimate prize – the job of Lord Sugar’s apprentice, which comes with a six-figure investment in their business plan. Lord Sugar is assisted by two close business associates who act as his observers, feeding back to him throughout. The show is famed for its larger-than-life contestants, their boastful claims, and their constant one-upmanship, backstabbing and Machiavellian manoeuvrings. All of this is set against a common goal which requires teamwork and collaboration. So, as the 2022 series continues to pull in the viewers, blogger Max Kelly asks whether the candidates on The Apprentice can teach school leaders anything about leadership, communication and teamwork?