By Jeremy Sutcliffe
"Imagine you have been forged adrift on a wasteland island with a faculty packed with young ones in determined desire of a superb headteacher. What 8 features could you are taking with you to run your wasteland island school?"
In this inspirational ebook, a number of the UK's so much profitable headteachers resolution this query, speaking overtly approximately what it takes to successfully deal with a college at the present time. In candid and relocating debts we pay attention how they've got either circled failing faculties and greater striking colleges. Their strategies, from imaginative and prescient, to braveness and resilience, shape the eight key traits that are tested extensive throughout the book.
This isn't really a ebook approximately government-led projects, top-down types or politically-motivated makes an attempt to alter the best way colleges are controlled. as a substitute, it specializes in the very important management elements that profitable heads say paintings for them. It deals crucial insights and recommendation into the demanding situations of operating a faculty effectively and should be a resource of...
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For her, the vision is a personal one. At White Hart Lane she set about creating a school that could offer its pupils the same opportunities for learning and success that she wanted for her own children. “The key thing was first and foremost to provide a climate for learning where the children felt safe so that we could raise attainment. The end point has to be raised attainment. I’m a parent myself and for me the key thing is the school should be educating a child and giving them a passport to success in later life.
I wanted to gently probe them for their views and tips and find out not just what it takes to run a successful school but what it actually feels like, deep down. I could only do that by talking directly to leaders. Many of those I spoke to took part in my desert island challenge. Others are leaders I already knew or who were recommended to me. I also spoke at length to Maggie Farrar at the National College and her insights make an important contribution to the book. I will include two of them here.
As a long-standing headteacher she believes an important aspect of successful leadership is being able to inject new energy and purpose periodically into a school. It is about knowing when to instigate major change and then pursuing it single-mindedly. “I am a firm believer in the Sigmoid Curve theory of leadership which is that the best time to change an organisation is when it is at its most successful. It’s based on an S-shaped curve, which is on its side. When you get to the top of the hump, if you carry on doing what you are doing, you will slide back down the S.