Coaching & Leadership Development
When did School Leadership lose its heart?

When did School Leadership lose its heart?

  It was once common for education to be described as one of the ‘caring professions’.   Lately, however, we have become used to hearing teaching described as wearisome, hectic, draining and bureaucratic. Rarely will you hear educators state that they are in a profession that is caring, that nurtures the soul and enables everyone to be the boldest, brightest and best versions of themselves.   So this begs the question, “When did this caring profession, and more over, when did school leadership, become such that it hampered the growth of the human spirit and in so doing lose its heart?” Many will, and indeed have argued that it is the heavy accountability culture and heightened levels of public scrutiny that is the cause for this malaise. That with an over-emphasis on results and league tables, individuals and school leaders in particular, have over invested in behaviours that have caused them to play safe and become risk averse. The return on investment has been stunted personal growth and leaders who live day to day, as diminished versions of themselves. To quote the American author and social activist, Parker J Palmer, “In our rush to reform education we have forgotten a simple truth; reform will never be achieved be renewing appropriations, restructuring schools, rewriting curriculums and revising texts, if we continue to demean and dishearten the human resource called the teacher on whom so much depends.” It’s not hard to understand why this precious ‘human resource’ our teachers and school leaders have become so disheartened and de-humanised. If you regularly have to give account for yourself, and of course, as a school...