t is absolutely awful that school principals are being increasingly pulled away from their schools and locked into their offices, in order to forward administrative issues. It is not right that advice should be given to principals that they leave their schools to assistant principals while the focus on heart matters of system politics and development.

Trust in and sharing school processes within the leadership team and among staff is important. However, abrogating responsibility and taking a less than direct interest in one’s school of appointment is not what should be happening.

I have heard from students who tell you that the ‘principal’ is one of the assistants. Awful when students do not know who their principal is. Or if they do, rarely see or hear from that person.