Saturday, 2 June 2012

Leadership Matters but success is all about TEAM!!

My dentist asked me last week what makes a good school? what makes a really successful school? Research clearly shows that the leadership of schools can have a hugely positive impact on the educational outcomes of young people... but success is all about TEAM!
School leaders set the tone, establish the learning climate, create a culture of professional co-operation and collaboration between colleagues, are key to morale and job satisfaction and their actions determine the nature of the relationships in the school... and most important;y create a team whose passion, enthusiasm and commitment will release the magic! Successful schools are:
  • happy places;
  • healthy places;
  • safe places;
  • places which are rigorous in terms of their focus on standards, on tracking, on the powerful and intelligent use of data; and
  • places where every child matters and no child gets left behind.
To build brilliant schools we need to continue to coach, nurture and develop brilliant teams: developing:
  • inspirational, passionate and distributed leadership;
  • brilliant teaching and learning driven by talented colleagues;
  • a coaching and nurturing culture for adults and young people alike;
  • a focus on character and skills as well as academic excellence;
  • an engaging, powerful and stimulating curriculum offer;
  • wonderful learning environments;
  • high expectations of young people and colleagues;
  • positive and constructive relationships;
  • parents and carers as partners in learning.
Easy really!

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