Monthly Archives: December 2012

Considering Headship, part 2

1. be clear what your vision is for the school you would lead and ensure you can articulate it clearly and concisely

2. have a viewpoint of current issues in education and future developments

3.  keep up to date with ICT initiatives and key areas in education

4. learn all you can from different styles and approaches to leadership

5. make sure you have led a number of whole school initiatives and seek to gain experience in as wide a range of areas as you can, e.g: school improvement and raising standards, data tracking, whole school finances & budgeting and buildings & grounds, working with governors or attending some governors’ meetings, policy writing, facilitating cover, timetabling, working with parents/PTA and the community, health & safety and writing & reviewing risk assessments, pastoral care, marketing and publicity, leading INSET, leading a residential educational visit, mentoring and/or coaching colleagues, lesson observations and appraisal or performance management, interviewing new staff, taking whole school assemblies and school committee, awareness and experience with inspection documentation  . . . and so the list goes on .  .  .

6. when situations arise that cause you to question, or spark your curiosity, ask your current Head to share their thoughts and the decision-making process relating to the initiatives/situation

Part 3 to follow . . .

Considering Headship, part 1

Some initial points . . . .

1. find someone you trust and respect to mentor you

2.  decide what you are going to do in preparation for headship – courses and qualifications.  Discuss with your current Head projects/initiatives to demonstrate and develop your understanding and knowledge, skills and experience

3. be reflective and aspire to be the best Head you can be

3. be clear the type of school you wish to work in

4. take on board that whilst you may be up for headship and potentially very able, future employers will be looking for experience and what you have done in preparation for headship

5. it’s good to be motivated and know where you are heading, but you must be a ‘team player’.  Contribute, and listen to different people’s viewpoints, perspectives and ideas.  Do not seek to drive through your own agenda in isolation of the views of others

6. consider your priorities and timescales . . . .

Part 2 to follow . . . .