By Jeremy Sutcliffe
"Imagine you have been forged adrift on a desolate tract island with a college jam-packed with young children in determined desire of an exceptional headteacher. What 8 features could you're taking with you to run your wilderness island school?"
In this inspirational ebook, a number of the UK's such a lot winning headteachers resolution this query, conversing brazenly approximately what it takes to successfully deal with a college this present day. In candid and relocating bills we pay attention how they've got either circled failing colleges and enhanced notable colleges. Their concepts, from imaginative and prescient, to braveness and resilience, shape the eight key features that are tested intensive throughout the book.
This isn't a ebook approximately government-led tasks, top-down types or politically-motivated makes an attempt to alter the way in which colleges are controlled. in its place, it makes a speciality of the important management parts that winning heads say paintings for them. It deals crucial insights and suggestion into the demanding situations of operating a faculty effectively and may be a resource of...
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So we brought in people to work alongside the staff and the children. Instead of just judging the teaching they came in and taught. They might be artists, or musicians or poets. We also had a teenage rock band. They came in and lifted the aspirations of everybody. Often when children work with someone with a passion and an expertise in a particular area they shine in a way they hadn’t realised they might be able to. ” A crucial part of realising her vision was winning the support of the staff and she took instant steps to bring this about.
I don’t think any headteacher is ever finished. ” Improving a successful school Uppingham School in rural Rutland is one of Britain’s best known and grandest public schools and could not be more different from Woodside High School. When Richard Harman was appointed Headmaster there in 2006 he faced a very different situation to the one McVittie had to deal with. “It was a very successful school, well run with a good name. ” Even so, the qualities required to run a successful school are largely universal, he believes.
Desert island challenge My next step was to issue a challenge. To make it interesting I made it a kind of parlour game, based on the long-running BBC Radio Four programme Desert Island Discs. I invited school leaders to imagine they were cast adrift on a desert island with a school full of children in desperate need of a great headteacher. I asked them to consider what eight qualities they would take with them to run their desert island school. I was greatly helped by Maggie Farrar, then Executive Director at the National College for School Leadership, who kindly agreed to relay my challenge to headteachers and principals in the college’s National Leaders of Education network.