Coaching & Leadership Development
What Every Headteacher should be told before they’re appointed!

What Every Headteacher should be told before they’re appointed!

  Recently, I’ve been pondering one question: How do Headteachers find the time and space to develop the aptitudes necessary to show up as their true authentic and best self, when they are in a profession that requires;   – A deeply forensic approach to the analysis of pupil outcomes – Lightning quick responses to demands of all kinds and, – Consistently high levels of visibility   The answer I most often hear in response to this question, is:   ‘There quite simply isn’t enough time to focus on me. I spend all of my time and more [i.e. evenings and weekends] focusing on school improvement, because that’s what I’m here to do – to focus on the children and teachers, not me.”   When I hear this response, I find myself thinking, that sounds just like me when I was a Head. When I was told only one side of the School Leadership Story.   It’s all about the job description, or is it?   Before I was appointed to my first post as a Headteacher around seventeen years ago, I read and believed that I fully understood the Job description and person spec. I wrote an application form that demonstrated my leadership skills, knowledge and experience.   I performed so well at interview [despite being eight and a half months pregnant], that I convinced the panel, I could do what the job was asking of me on paper and take the school out of Special Measures…   And therein lies the rub. Did you fall for it too? Did you mistakenly believe that when you applied for the Head...
This is what teachers need: Smiles and Love

This is what teachers need: Smiles and Love

This blog comes from Headteacher of Parklands Primary School and Passionate School Well-being advocate, Chris Dyson (@ChrisDysonHT)   The biggest resource and the biggest impact on success in any school is the teachers and the TA’s. So wellbeing of this vital resource is paramount to a schools success. True you can be a totalitarian dictator and get performance through criticism, capability, pressure and shouting … but this has the effect of an increase of ‘stress’ on the teacher.   Stress = worry. Worry = anxiety. Anxiety = no risks. No risks = boring lessons. Boring lessons = lack of inspiration. Lack of inspiration = a negative experience for the students.. and a long, long, long year ahead.   At my school we pride ourselves in putting the children first. To do this, the most important resource to their potential being met is the teachers. A happy teacher is free to risk take; free to innovate without the need to be drown in paper…. or to be told by the SLT… “we don’t do it like that..” True some non-negotiables have to be agreed but (for example)  planning being handed in the previous Friday? No! The best planning is completed after the previous lesson… that’s how things change for the better over 10 years.   A happy teacher is a teacher who can love their school and love their home life. So to promote wellbeing at my school, ALL staff who have an opportunity to attend Sports Day or the Xmas Concert or the celebration Star of the Week with their own children, they are allowed to do so WITH pay. It is little...