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Research into leadership in schools

The role of a school leader has evolved over the years and new initiatives and greater sense of accountability have impacted on the role of school leadership teams. Implementation of these initiatives requires a new set of skills including greater collaboration internally and between schools, and partnership working across the children’s services sector and beyond.

Topic 1. The school and the environment:
Areas of discussion:

1.1 How is your school perceived in the community?
1.2 How is your role perceived within the community?
1.3 What are the growing needs of your local community?
1.4 How have you seen your school develop over the years?
1.5 What are the key challenges for your school in the coming year?
1.6 What are the strengths of your school – students, SLT, middle leaders, governors, and parents?
1.7 What’s unique about your school and its stakeholders?

Topic 2. Your personal development:
Areas of discussion:

2.1 How have you developed over the years?
2.2 What are the greatest challenges of your role?
2.3 How has your role developed?
2.4 What do you perceive to be the differing challenges of working within the independent, comprehensive and selective contexts?

3. Which skills are required to meet the challenges of your school?

Identify which top five skills and competencies are appropriate to your leadership role:

  • Strategic capacity
  • Developing a vision
  • Communicating that vision
  • Promoting accountability
  • Change management
  • Written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Building leadership skills in others
  • Motivating staff
  • Organisational skills
  • Financial management
  • Delivering and accepting effective feedback from others
  • Innovation
  • Delegation
  • PR
  • Shared decision-making
  • Consultation
  • Networking and collaboration
  • Curriculum innovation
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with parents
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with the local and wider community

Identify which top five personal attributes or attitudes are appropriate to your leadership role:

  • Being a role model
  • Of strong intellect
  • A firm but fair disciplinarian
  • Determined and resilient
  • Highly visible in school
  • Resourcefulness
  • Values diversity and inclusion
  • Presence
  • Commands respect
  • Values self-evaluation
  • Values professional development for all
  • Problem-solving
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Authoritative
  • Creativity
  • Approachability
  • Positivity
  • Honesty