What is role of Headmaster Florian in the story?  To Sir, with Love by E. R. Braithwaite

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Headmaster of Greenslade Secondary School, Headmaster Alex Florian is a progressive administrator who sees his position with the faculty as more lateral than hierarchical.  Regarding his attitude toward and treatment of the students, he is much like Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird:  physically non-punitive, informal, and warm.  Every Friday, he has students write in journals about the weekly occurrences and their feelings.  He uses these writings as a theraupetic exercise for the students as well as for keeping the teachers aware of students' concerns.  Much like a father to the students, he drops into classrooms and participates in Mr. Braithwaite's discussions.  Headmaster Florian allows the students a period around lunchtime in which they can play their music and dance, and is sympathetic to their needs and disadvantages.

Clearly, Headmaster Florian sets the tone for Greenslade School.  His office is open to students and faculty alike.  His genuiness and sincere interest in the success of the students, along with his fatherly advice propels the teachers at his school to encourage and sympathize with their students. 

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