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Like all top leadership positions, school leadership and headship in particular brings with it the type of power that isolates: positional power. The higher up you are in an organisation, the more your positional power means that you not only have increased pressures and responsibilities, it also means an increased distancing in relationships.LEARN MORE
There is all kinds of advice out there about what makes a good school leader, from certifications to strategies to taking the latest seminar. But what so many people miss out on is actually the most fundamental elements of good school leadership — having trusting relationships with people who back you up, both in school and out. If you’re like most Heads in our school system, you’re incredibly under-supported. There’s no one you can talk to who really gets your job and all the stresses that come with it, leaving you stuck with coping mechanisms and busy-ness to get you through the day — not a great set up for good leadership.LEARN MORE
Stepping into a new school leadership role can be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do – but it can also be one of the most challenging and the first few weeks can feel daunting as you adapt to the demands of life as a school leader. To help you manage the transition and help make this time a little less overwhelming, I’ve decided to put together 5 key tips for all those who are embarking on a new school leadership role.LEARN MORE
There is all kinds of advice out there about what makes a good school leader, from certifications to strategies to taking the latest seminar. But what so many people miss out on what is actually the most fundamental elements of great school leadership – hope. You would not have reached where you are now if you didn’t know how to harness the power of hope. Hope not only in yourself, but also hope in the sincerity of your vision and the future that you are seeking to create for the children in your school. All school leaders need hope. Not just a spoonful of it – bags of it!LEARN MORE
It is my belief that more Headteachers would remain in the profession if, on appointment, it was made explicit to them the link between school improvement and their own personal development. Unfortunately, however, in today’s world of high public scrutiny and personal accountability, they are not and as a result far too many Heads become victims of stress and burn out, unable to cope with the intense psychological and emotional demands of the role.LEARN MORE
You will know, more than most, that sometimes headship can feel like the loneliest job in the world! There will be times, even when you are surrounded by a school full of children and colleagues who share the day to day tasks of leading and managing your school, when you feel as though there is absolutely no one that you can turn to. These are the times perhaps, when as a headteacher, you feel most vulnerable.LEARN MORE
It has been well documented that when school leaders change roles and have to step out of their comfort zones, it can take a while for them to find their feet and to regain their equilibrium. For any new school leader or an experienced school leader in a new role the experience is much the same. New school environments to get used to, new relationships to build, new structures and systems to develop, all needing enormous investments of time and energy.LEARN MORE
For more than a few school leaders, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to believe that there is anything that could be more important than being rated Outstanding. When you’re rated “Outstanding” everything is right with the world. OFSTED loves you. Your staff, children and parents love you. Doors open for you. You’ve proven to everyone, after all, it’s been validated by the nation’s school inspectorate, you are an amazing school leader!LEARN MORE
During my time in education, I have been fortunate enough to witness great school leaders (many of whom I have worked with) transform the fortunes of the young people who are in their care. They have worked tirelessly to bring to fruition their dreams, hopes and aspirations. So that every child, no matter their background or circumstance, could fulfil their potential.LEARN MORE
It’s something many of us would prefer not to do and I am sure if you are honest with yourself, you can identify many a time when you have ducked out of having that conversation. You know the one! The one that requires you to tell another just how it is. How it is when they don’t do as they have been asked, bristle and have every excuse under the sun as to why something can’t be done or refuse to take responsibility for the outcome of their behaviours on others. Yet, as a school leader, you know the difficult conversations are the ones that must be had, if you, your team and your school are to continue to develop and grow.LEARN MORE
As a coach, I trust myself to be able to create the type of 1:1 spaces where it is safe for the soul to be seen.
Spaces where School Leaders can come out from behind their leadership masks and explore what it means to live lives of authenticity and integrity, amidst the challenges and complexities of day to day school life. However, in hosting the ‘Education for the Soul’ Conference, I faced a new challenge.
Over the past decade, I have witnessed first-hand how high levels of public scrutiny and personal accountability have eroded the profession’s ability to care for and meet the human needs of those who are on the frontline. It has come as no surprise to me that The Key’s recent State of Education Survey Report found that, “86% of school leaders think the perception of the profession has got worse over the past five years and believe this is negatively affecting morale”LEARN MORE