A few weeks ago the wonderful @ChrisChivers2 published his post which gives an insight to his vast experience as an educator. You can read Chris’ post here. Chris is seeking educators who are willing to share their knowledge of teaching and learning. He has extended an invitation to anyone to share their thoughts on education as succinctly as possible. This is my attempt at sharing some of the things I have learned.
As a leader build a happy school. This is not as simple as it sounds. Trust is key. Trust everyone to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. Everyone wants the best for the children, trust them to provide it. Try not to micro manage. Do you really need to check plans? Trust that they are done. Do you really need to observe 6 times per year? In a successful school there will be an emphasis on coaching, team teaching and mentoring of each other. Talk to the children, look at the data, you will see that the children are being taught well. A developmental, supportive approach to leading staff is far better than constant observing which is often seen as threatening.
If its not for the children, don’t do it! Seriously, don’t be sucked in to following every new strategy and initiative that pops up. If there is no impact for the children, don’t do it. Remember, things should not be done solely for Ofsted, often they don’t want it.
Protect the teachers. Remember they often have a 90% teaching load. Ensure if possible that their non contact time is sacred. I know this is meant to happen but sometimes teachers do lose their non contact time and this leads to pressure.
Encourage your teachers to be the best that they can be. Encourage them to take advantage of CPD. If your school can afford it match their needs to the courses, send them out and ask them to disseminate their learning on their return.
My old HT used to say that it takes 7 years to become a good teacher. I think he’s right. I continue to learn new things every day, I continue to develop my practise and I hope to continue to share my thoughts and findings.
Keep the children firmly at the centre of everything you do. Trust your staff and this will lead to a happy workforce.
Happy staff equals happy children which leads to a successful school.