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Three MAT CEOs who have made the transition from headteacher tell us how their jobs have changed, and give their unique advice and insight to those doing the same.

What are the main differences between being a headteacher and being the CEO of a MAT?

Claire-Marie Cuthbert (CC): The main difference is scale. Being strategic over a number of schools requires a different skill set from managing one school, and as a CEO you can become detached from the children you are meant to serve unless you're careful. Being strategic doesn't mean being detached.

I wasn't completely prepared for the change because at the time there were no training courses available for CEOs. It was a little bit of a culture shock.

Gaynor Crute (GC): Being an outstanding headteacher does not prepare you to be an outstanding CEO. As headteacher of a successful school, you are in control of the day-to-day leadership and can directly influence the outcomes of the school. As a CEO, you have to be able to let go of what made you a successful head in order to monitor and manage quality across more

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