I’m not sure if you would ever call it pressure but, when you start a new school, or even when you begin a new term in August, there is an expectation that you join a Working Group. That group might have a whole school responsibility; it may focus on one aspect of Learning and Teaching, or many aspects; it may even be something that you, wait for it, are genuinely interested in taking forward in your school. However, in my experience, the early session enthusiasm you display at the start of these groups doesn’t always last. Why is that? What are Working Groups really for?
In reality, working ‘collaboratively’ with colleagues can cause more friction and stress than it relieves and doesn’t often achieve intended aims. External forces are probably