A pleasure to have read this book about the experiences of a PE teacher whose “knees gave way and belly got too big” but whose personality and enthusiasm for life as a head teacher encouraged others and kept television viewers glued to the “adventures of Vic” in “Educating Essex”. Those of us who have worked in schools as teachers, support staff, advisers, and inspectors are fully aware that it is the personality and leadership of the head which determines the ethos of the school. Vic creates a dynamic organisation by energising and enthusing others. Not for him the comfortable chair behind the extra-large desk. He is out and about around the school, being present at lunch and break times talking with students . However it is apparent that his enthusiasm for work has caused personal difficulties and he concedes that his weakness is achieving a work life balance.
This book is an excellent resource for all aspiring head teachers at all levels, since it is realistic and practically focused. Vic showed himself to be an inspirational head who has the inter personal skills to engage well with others, and the experience to set up successful systems to enable access and inclusion to lead to achievement at all levels. From one geriatric PE and mathematics teacher to another, thanks for an enjoyable read Vic.