They’re the most senior person on the staff and usually the best paid but head teachers increasingly find themselves doing tasks you wouldn’t necessarily associate with the role – from catering manager, to odd-job person, to emergency social worker.

To an extent, heads have always taken on extra tasks to save money or helped out in a crisis, according to Jim Nicholson, head of Mellor Primary School, in Stockport.

One basic example would be helping clear up sick if a child has vomited, he says.

“We’ve all rolled our sleeves up… because it’s just part and parcel of mucking in with our colleagues and doing what needs to be done in the immediate situation.”

But he says he is being taken away from the day job

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