8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders. The Desert Island by Jeremy Sutcliffe

By Jeremy Sutcliffe

"Imagine you have been forged adrift on a barren region island with a college packed with youngsters in determined want of a good headteacher. What 8 characteristics might you're taking with you to run your barren region island school?"

In this inspirational ebook, a few of the UK's so much profitable headteachers solution this query, speaking brazenly approximately what it takes to successfully deal with a faculty at the present time. In candid and relocating money owed we pay attention how they've got either circled failing colleges and greater notable faculties. Their ideas, from imaginative and prescient, to braveness and resilience, shape the eight key features that are tested extensive during the book.

This isn't really a booklet approximately government-led tasks, top-down types or politically-motivated makes an attempt to alter the best way colleges are controlled. in its place, it specializes in the important management components that profitable heads say paintings for them. It deals crucial insights and recommendation into the demanding situations of operating a college effectively and may be a resource of...

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The children were on the corridors all the time, even beyond the change of lessons. When they should have been really involved in their work they were on the corridors wandering. There were pockets of excellent teaching but they were few and far between. People talked behind closed doors. ’ ” A personal vision McVittie has a reputation as an inspirational but also practical leader. For her, the vision is a personal one. At White Hart Lane she set about creating a school that could offer its pupils the same opportunities for learning and success that she wanted for her own children.

What has changed, he believes, is that increased investment, combined with a greater emphasis on accountability has encouraged schools to focus on individual children, especially those struggling to achieve. “The extra money that’s flowed into schools has enabled them to employ teaching assistants, counsellors and lots of other things. The fact that we have been able to invest in that kind of service has made us think about what we are doing more. I think that is a factor. I think that interestingly what happens with the league tables is that if you are fighting to get 30 to 40 per cent GCSE A*–C grades, including English and maths, that’s really important.

In 2007, he was offered his first headship as Principal of Walworth Academy in Southwark, one of the first academies in London and a flagship project for the sponsor, ARK Schools, now one of the country’s biggest academy chains. The new academy was replacing Walworth School which had been placed in special measures by the school inspection service, Ofsted. It was a tough assignment, especially for a first-time head, and Hanson admits he was apprehensive to begin with because Walworth School had a long-standing reputation for racial intolerance.

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