Coaching & Leadership Development
“Growing the Next Generation” – Unleashing Potential in your MAT

“Growing the Next Generation” – Unleashing Potential in your MAT

This blog comes from Emma Bone, Executive Headteacher at the Learning Academy Partnership (LAPSW) For me, in my role as Executive Head within a MAT, excellence in leadership is fundamentally about growing the next generation of leaders and this takes time and investment. It is not a ‘quick win’ or ‘gimmick’ but investing in people and time to engage in ‘collateral learning’ pays huge dividends – stretches people outside their comfort zone and has the potential to be golden and transformational! Within a hardwired MAT, there are a myriad of opportunities to spot that emerging next layer of potential leaders and craft their pathway through the experiences that we offer them across the Trust; only made possible through a ‘deep’ knowledge of all of our schools and the way our Senior Executive Team work as one. Whilst the role of Executive Leadership is not pinned down, research commonly states that those in Executive Headship have three main strategic priorities: – Improvement (e.g. addressing school underperformance) – Expansion (e.g. increasing management capacity and efficiency) – Partnerships (e.g. forming and growing a school grouping). In order to achieve these priorities, the role must necessarily focus on: strategic thinking; school-to school consistency and collaboration; coaching and staff development (particularly, building leadership capacity); and an outward focus. Underpinning all of these these those is the building of trust and a focus on spotting and unleashing talent in order to achieve the best for all of our children. Over the last few years I have been fortunate enough to be involved in developing and facilitating an aspiring leaders programme for our Trust alongside other...