The enchanted headteachers

I went to a conference today about commissioning services for schools. The audience was mostly head teachers. I was really there to find out what their attitudes to commissioning were and what sort of things they’d be commissioning now that LA services are being slashed with gay abandon.

 As it turns out, heads are mostly worried about things like business managers, HR, legal and admissions. We hardly even mentioned teaching.

 But the chap who was leading the seminar mentioned some research called Enchanted Headteachers by Ronnie Woods (no, not that one) of the National College for School Leadership (NCSL). I had visions of head teachers skipping through the forest waving their sparkly wands around but it’s about the characteristics of the most successful heads. Stuff like pride in your school, being close to the children and understanding their needs and – perhaps crucially- an optimistic view of change as a challenge. You can read the rest of the report here. It’s not new but it was new to me.

 Luckily, most of our heads are a funny and feisty bunch and I think the pupils are in safe hands. Challenging times are ahead and we’ll need a lot of Shreks.

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2 Responses to The enchanted headteachers

  1. I’m enjoying reading, although I have to say I am deeply disappointed that the Ronnie Woods isn’t now doing a doctoral thesis in A Characterological Analysis of Successful School Leadership. It would just be funny, that’s all.

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