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

By Jeremy Sutcliffe

"Imagine you have been solid adrift on a wilderness island with a faculty filled with young children in determined desire of a superb headteacher. What 8 characteristics could you're taking with you to run your wilderness island school?"

In this inspirational ebook, a number of the UK's so much profitable headteachers solution this question, speaking overtly approximately what it takes to successfully deal with a college at the present time. In candid and relocating debts we listen how they've got either circled failing colleges and more desirable impressive colleges. Their concepts, from imaginative and prescient, to braveness and resilience, shape the eight key traits that are tested extensive in the course of the book.

This isn't a booklet approximately government-led tasks, top-down types or politically-motivated makes an attempt to alter the way in which faculties are controlled. as an alternative, it makes a speciality of the very important management materials that winning 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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They also need a clear sense of moral purpose and to be highly visible role-models to their pupils and staff. The ability to listen and be responsive to other people’s needs and opinions is seen as a particularly important quality. Hamid Patel, Principal and Chief Executive of Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School in Blackburn, puts it this way: “Outstanding leaders invite dissent and are prepared to listen to the views of others. They distribute leadership of responsibilities and create ownership of a problem rather than hand out a list of tasks for their subjects to complete.

We also had a teenage rock band. They came in and lifted the aspirations of everybody. Often when children work with someone with a passion and an expertise in a particular area they shine in a way they hadn’t realised they might be able to. ” A crucial part of realising her vision was winning the support of the staff and she took instant steps to bring this about. “Before I even took up the post I asked for the interim head to arrange a time when I could meet with every individual teacher for an hour to talk to them and listen to them about what they thought was important.

Instead it focuses on the vital ingredients and instincts that successful school leaders say have worked for them. As such, it attempts to sketch a portrait of modern headship, drawn from life. Around 30 school leaders contributed to the book, including more than 20 who agreed to be interviewed. Some work in highly disadvantaged primary and secondary schools while others are in prestigious schools in the independent sector. Many, but not all, are officially recognised as outstanding or excellent leaders by school inspectors and all of them are highly experienced and respected leaders in their profession.

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