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Leaders Like You: Building back, together

The innovation, resilience and dedication school leaders across the country continue to show as they take the winding road to recovery is truly remarkable – and it deserves to be showcased.

So this term, we’re putting the spotlight on some of the inspiring work and stories we’ve heard from leaders in our network over the last year. These stories, from three incredible leaders, highlight the challenges, successes and learnings from the pandemic, as well as their plans for hitting the ground running as the new school year approaches.

Youlande Harrowell, Assistant Headteacher & Director of Sixth Form, The Urswick School

"The last 12 months as a leader, has certainly shown we've got alot more bounce-back ability than I think anyone ever thought we did!"

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Keep an eye out for more stories from Leaders Like You in the coming weeks.

Of course, we know these are just a few of the stories the sector has to tell – there are many more to be shared and celebrated, so over the summer term, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and share your experiences to help and inspire others. Let’s build back together.

Keep an eye out for more stories from Leaders Like You in the coming weeks.

You can also catch up on the full series here.

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