Monday, 18 May 2020

Compartmentalizing elements of school leadership

It's very easy to start feeling lost with the scale and complexity of the job of being a school leader. Especially at times like these, when fires are burning all over the place, it can be hard to step back and see where everything is going.

I recently watched this presentation by @Barker_J and @TomRees_77 in which they neatly break down school leadership into six essential elements. All you have to do is attend to these and everything will be okay(!)

The 7 Persistent Problems of School Leadership:
  1. Purpose - set direction, create shared purpose, enlist staff contribution
  2. Culture - a professional, supportive and development culture
  3. Curriculum - organise the curriculum and establish effective teaching
  4. Behaviour - attend to pupil behaviour and wider circumstances
  5. Improvement - analyse problems, plan and implement strategies for sustained improvement
  6. Administration - manage and efficient, effective and legally compliant organisation
  7. Self - develop personal expertise, self-efficacy and self-regulation
Pretty much everything you have to do as a school leader will fall into one of these categories. 

I'll be using this list to check that what I'm doing on a day-to-day basis is broadly balanced and doesn't neglect any one of these domains.

Thanks, Tom and Jen :-)