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In my work with principals over the past decade, one area has concerned me the most.

Useful, well-received feedback cannot be delivered either brusquely or timidly, but many principals have difficulty hitting the sweet spot between brutal honesty and conflict avoidance when holding crucial conversations with underperforming teachers.

There may be personal issues of which the principal is unaware, or the teacher may need additional support through staff development or coaching.

Schools had the option of giving the questionnaire to teachers from this week as part of Government moves to help schools improve standards and make them more accountable for their results.

But about 800 principals have boycotted the online survey, which asks staff to answer questions such as how well their bosses deal with parents' concerns, how eager they are to learn new things and whether they "always respond positively to comments about (their) behaviour".

Wilhelm holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an administrative credential from California State University, San Bernardino.

She is a district-level facilitator who works with educators nationally and is owner and founder of Educators 2000.

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