Coaching & Leadership Development
3 Reasons Why School Leadership Teams Fail

3 Reasons Why School Leadership Teams Fail

  All leaders play a central role in developing strategies for bringing out the best in others. How they lead and manage has a direct impact on whether the climate they create is one in which all individuals are able to flourish.   As a Headteacher, you will know the benefits of having a strong SLT. When you have a strong SLT, magic just seems to happen. Things get done, problems are surmounted, because collaboration, mutual respect, openness and understanding means individuals work to the best of their abilities to achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone.   However, sadly there are occasionally things that get in the way of teams performing at their best. Three of the most common relate to the lack of clarity individuals have about;   1. The SLT Vision and purpose 2. Their Role 3. How to maintain successful working relationships   1. Lack of Clarity about the SLT Vision and Purpose   To achieve success, an SLT needs to know its role and purpose in achieving the school’s overall vision.  All SLT members need to have laser-like clarity about the function of the SLT and the role they play as individuals and as a team in steering the ship towards its end goal.   All members need to have a shared understanding of the teams:   – Values – what the SLT stands for and what behaviours will keep them in alignment with their values – Direction – where it’s going – Purpose – why it’s going there – Approach – how this purpose can and should be reached   SLT’s are more likely to be...
The 5 Qualities of Successful Senior Leadership Teams

The 5 Qualities of Successful Senior Leadership Teams

  “Nothing Great was ever achieved alone!” Dennis Griffin   Senior leadership teams are central to the success of every school. No matter the size, no matter the make-up of the team; it is imperative that every team member not only buys into the school vision, but in addition actively works with others to enable the vision to be fulfilled.   Creating a climate in which this is achieved isn’t always easy.  Quite simply because,   “Organisations are more complex because they are made up of people who come with a range of attitudes and motivations, personal goals and ways of interacting with each other.”  Louise Stoll, Professor of Education at Bath University   Yet, despite the truth of Stoll’s  statement SLT’s have to find ways to overcome the complexity of differing attitudes, motivations and goals, so that their energies are consistently centred on working together for the common good.   From my own experience working with SLT’s those that are most effective in achieving the above, share these five qualities…   1) Shared purpose   These teams successfully lay aside ego. No team member elevates themselves above another. They are aware of one another’s strengths and areas for development and work successfully with both. The vision is important to all of them, not just the Head. They understand the role that they each play individually and collectively in seeing the vision fulfilled. As a result, a shared understanding of their ‘Why’ means that when challenges arise, they never lose their way.   Their shared sense of purpose ensures that the right decisions are made for the right reasons....
The Highs & Lows of Exam Results – Why they Don’t Define You and Your School’s Success

The Highs & Lows of Exam Results – Why they Don’t Define You and Your School’s Success

  The results are in. Following weeks of nervous excitement going through all the possible outcomes of how results will turn out, it can feel like the whole year has been building up to this moment.   Having poured your heart and soul into ensuring that your school delivers the results you felt it could achieve, sadly it might be that they haven’t quite turned out to be what you had hoped for. It may feel like someone has not just let the air out of your balloon but has popped it.   When you have invested so much of yourself into the job, it’s all too easy to take the results personally as though they are a sole reflection of your ability to lead. It’s at times like these when all sorts of doubts and concerns may well creep into your head and you may begin to question the validity of role.   If this sounds familiar, then don’t despair. Now is not the time to give up on your dreams! Indeed, it is more of a time for deep reflection, a time to pause and re-caliberate, so that you can begin the new school year with a renewed sense of energy, purpose and commitment.   So, if your school results are not as you had expected and you have found yourself prone to negative and self-depreciating thoughts, read on and take encouragement from our seven tips on how to re-define what success really means for you and your school.   Seven key tips on how to re-define what success really means for you and your school  ...