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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?

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Sue Gray VS OFSTED: How Serious Are The Consequences For Those Concerned?

Senior civil servant Sue Gray has had her say on Boris Johnson and released a report giving her general findings into alleged parties and gatherings at Number 10 and across Whitehall. So what will the consequences of this review be, particularly for the PM? And how do reports of this magnitude, and the potential fall-out from them, compare with those in the education sector which come about through OFSTED-led inspection? If the stakes are high for schools and school leaders, surely they are higher still for those behind the famous black door of No 10? Errm, you’d be surprised…