This is an adapted version of an article written by Russell Hobby, ex-General Secretary of NAHT and current CEO of Teach First, which appeared in NGA's bi-monthly Governing Matters magazine.

School improvement is both simple and incredibly hard. Simple, because there is no mystery or secret: it is about good leadership and good teaching. That really is all there is to it. Hard, because staying focused over the long term on leadership and teaching amid the tumult and distraction, constant change and unremitting criticism requires almost heroic courage and fortitude these days. It should be challenging – great jobs always are – but does it need to be this hard?

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